Statistically, one out of every four adults receiving some form of social security benefits has served in the military, at some point in their life. Something that isn’t widely known to military veterans is that they can take advantage of both Social Security and Veteran Disability benefits at the same time. There are some fundamental differences between these two programs, but with the right guidance, a veteran can get the monetary support they deserve after serving our country.
The major difference between the two is Veteran Disability Benefits is based on service-related disabilities, while Social Security Disability incorporates any disability a person may have. Veteran Disability also functions on a range system. The benefits are based on different levels of disability. Through social security, you’re either disabled or you’re not. There is no scope of severity, like the system used by the VA.
In Social Security Law, the treating physician’s opinion is always given deferential weight, or a higher recognition. This is because the Social Security system recognizes that the treating physician knows the situation best. Through the Veteran Disability program, the treating physician is not the only one consulted for fear of a biased opinion or unrealistic description.
Finally, Disability recognition from Veterans Affairs can help a veteran get approved for Social Security, while being approved for Social Security will not aid someone in getting Veteran Disability benefits. This is because veteran disability benefits are based on service-related disabilities, while social security covers a wide range of other problems. Since the Veteran Disability program covers a more limited scope of conditions, something that would qualify a person for Social Security benefits, may be inconsequential to Veterans Affairs.
It is important to note that even though social security approval does not necessarily help you get approval from the VA, you must submit all their findings to be a part of the VA’s evidence for your case, as they still provide documentation of your condition.
The process to apply for Veteran Disability Benefits is different than that of Social Security Disability, and Supplemental Security Income.
Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income differ slightly in the requirements that need to be met to qualify. As a veteran, if you do not qualify for Social Security Disability Income, due to work credits, and your Veteran Disability benefits does not meet the maximum earning cap, you can apply to receive Supplemental Security Income instead.
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