It is no easy task risking your life for your country. You sacrifice so much. You may even come home with disabilities and changes that you didn’t have before. We can try to give back just a portion. Through your VA program you may be offered disability benefits and compensation. If you have received these benefits, keep in mind this does not disqualify you for Social Security Disability Benefits. In fact, it is the opposite.
If you have VA disability benefits, you may be able to expedite your Social Security veteran disability claim. This does not mean, however, that you are guaranteed benefits. Applying to receive VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total is different than applying for SSA benefits. So even though you can expedite your process, it is important to know how to apply.
Applying For Disability Benefits
The SSA is fairly straightforward: if you are unable to work due to a disability, you are eligible for benefits. However, they look for specifics. You must prove that:
- You are unable to do substantial work because of your medical condition(s)
- Substantial meaning that you earn less than $1130 a month.
- Your medical condition have lasted, or are expected to last, at least one year or to result in death.
If you do not meet these criteria , you will probably be denied for Social Security benefits. Even if you already have proven your veteran disability to the VA.
How to Apply
The easiest way to apply is to visit their website and apply online here: ssa.gov. The process to receiving your benefits for a veteran disability can be confusing and usually takes months to complete. For more help visit your local Social Security office. In addition, we recommend that you consult an experienced Utah Disability lawyer. We here at Summit Disability, know the road to your benefits. We want to help you and we can.