Yes. VA disability benefits are awarded to those who actively served in the military and were discharged on any grounds except dishonorable. The Social Security Disability program is based upon an individual’s capacity for gainful employment. As long as you meet the requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you are eligible for both programs.
Yes. There is no offset between VA service connected benefits and SSDI benefits.
Most first time applicants are denied when applying for Social Security Disability benefits. In fact, statistics tend to show that 75% of those applying on their own are denied by Social Security. If you have applied and been denied, the most important thing to do is to appeal the decision. Although there is a substantial amount of paperwork associated with filing an appeal, you can hire a Disability Attorney to assist you at no out of pocket cost.
Claims can range from 3 months to over 3 years to be adjudicated. If you are a military Veteran who served after 2001, you may qualify for expedited processing through Social Security’s “Wounded Warrior” program. For more information regarding this program, complete our evaluation to speak with a disability advocate at no charge.
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