SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
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How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
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What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
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If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
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Social Security Disability Status
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Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Can You Receive Social Security Disability Or SSI Benefits At the Same Time As VA or Veterans’ Benefits?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
You may or may not be able to receive disability benefits from Social Security at the same time as VA or Veterans’ Benefits. VA benefits affect Social Security disability and SSI disability benefits differently.
If you are receiving VA benefits, you can receive Social Security disability benefits at the same time. Social Security not only allows you to receive VA and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, they do not reduce the amount of your monthly Social Security disability benefit amount because of your VA benefits.
This means you are able to receive the full amount of your Social Security disability benefits and your full VA benefit amount simultaneously if your VA benefits are service connected.
However, it does not mean entitlement to Social Security disability will not affect the amount of a VA pension in all cases. If you receive a non-service connected pension, it is likely that your Social Security disability benefits may cause an offset of your VA benefits depending upon the amount of your Social Security disability.
If you receive VA or Veterans benefits, you may not be able to receive SSI disability benefits at the same time. SSI disability is a need-based program that considers income and resources as a basis of entitlement. Social Security considers VA benefits in the same way they consider other types of income, so if your VA benefits are higher than the income amount allowed, it is likely you will be denied SSI disability benefits.
If your VA benefit amount is under the SSI income limit, you may be entitled to receive SSI disability benefits simultaneously with your VA benefits. Again, this does not mean that SSI disability benefits will not affect the amount you receive in VA benefits.
If you receive a non-service connected pension your VA benefits will definitely be offset by the amount of SSI disability benefits you receive from social Security.
If you receive service connected compensation and SSI disability benefits, it is likely that your VA benefits may be offset. It depends upon your percentage rating by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Return to: SSDRC, or the Social Security Disability Questions page