Social Security Benefits for a Disabled War Veteran
You’ve done an incredible job of serving your country, and you have the disability to prove it. Now, it’s time for your country to return the favor. If you are a disabled veteran, you probably have many questions. Can I get compensated for my disability? How will this affect my Social Security?
In case if you were wondering, the VA, or Department of Veterans Affairs, is the one who gives benefits for veterans who have conditions that have been directly caused by, or at least connected to, their service in the military.
You can get disability benefits that are not taxable, and the rate you receive is determined by how disabled you are. It is not income-based, either.
You must apply and go through the disability process. You can apply online. With anything like this, you should have the proper documentation handy so that the process can go smoothly.
With that said, what about Social Security? You can get disability money through Social Security, and you may wonder if it’s possible to get both VA and SS benefits. You can, but just because you have one doesn’t mean you will necessarily get the other.
It used to be that if you were disabled and were on VA, and the disability was significant, you had a higher chance of getting SS benefits. However, in 2017, it was determined that the VA approval would not change the outcome of whether or not you’re approved for SS. They may look at the evidence, but they won’t tell you if they considered it or not based on your VA approval.
If you’re on Social Security, the VA will look at your disability information, but it mostly won’t affect the decision, either.
It’s quite a headache, and if you’re a disabled veteran, you don’t deserve any more stress in your life. Having a disability attorney can make the process much more manageable, but thanks to applying online, it’s easier than ever to do it yourself. When you’re a disabled veteran, you need all the revenue streams you can get. There is no shame in getting disability money. You fought for this country, and it’s only natural that you get compensated for it. Do your research, see if you qualify, and try to get both Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits. You and your family will be glad you did.