Five Questions Veterans Have about SSDI

Posted on behalf of Phillips Disability, P.C. on Oct 12, 2015 in SSD

Social Security disability benefits for veteransIf you are a veteran, you may not know that you could receive Social Security benefits as well as veterans disability benefits.

While both systems provide assistance for veterans, they operate differently. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has specific guidelines regarding social security disability benefits for veterans.

The following are five of the most common questions veterans may have about Social Security disability benefits:

How does the Social Security Administration define disability?

The Social Security Administration is strict about its definition of disability. The following factors help determine whether you are eligible to receive disability benefits for veterans:

  • You cannot perform substantial work due to your medical condition and
  • You have a medical condition, or conditions, that have lasted for at least a year, or are anticipated to last a year, or may end in death.

What types of Social Security disability benefits can veterans receive?

There are two avenues to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration: the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program or the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program. The SSI program grants benefits due to financial need, while the SSDI program gives benefits if you have paid Social Security taxes and have worked for a certain period of time.

Can I receive disability benefits if I am the recipient of military pay?

If you are working substantially and getting paid, you are probably not eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. Your work activity is the deciding factor regarding receipt of Social Security disability benefits, not whether you receive some type of pay. If you are working in a therapy program or active duty, you may still be able to receive Social Security disability benefits. Speak with an attorney to find out how to file a Social Security disability claim.

What do I need to apply for benefits?

Certain documents are necessary, such as proof of citizenship, employment, medical documentation of your condition and impairment history, income tax return from the previous year, and proof of military pay, along with other information.

How can an attorney help?

An attorney may assist you with filing a Social Security disability claim. The process is often confusing. If you have been denied for Social Security disability benefits, you should speak to a lawyer right away. You may be able to file an appeal and get the benefits you need.

Contact the law firm of Phillips Disability to schedule your free Social Security disability benefits consultation today.

Call 1-800-503-2000 to get started now. 

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