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Qualifications and How to Qualify

Working and Disability

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Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

Medical Evidence and Disability

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Eligibility for Disability Benefits

SSD SSI Definitions

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Would a person with 100 percent VA disability get Social Security Disability?


My father receives 100% in Veteran's Benefits. Is he still eligible for Disability?

The answer to that question is maybe. If he has worked enough to be insured for Social Security disability, he may be approved. To be insured for Social Security, you have to be fully insured (have 40 quarters of work coverage) and "disability insured" (worked and earned enough money to have 20 quarters of coverage out of the 40 quarters previous to becoming unable to work). Basically, having worked five out of the ten years prior to becoming disabled.

Additionally, Social Security does not use the same criteria to determine if a person is disabled as the Veteran's Administration, so there is a possibility that a person who is 100% disabled for the VA would not be necessarily considered disabled under SSA rules and guidelines.

I think the best way to find out is for your father to schedule an appointment for disability to determine if he meets the non-medical Social Security Administration criteria. If he does, they will take a disability claim and send it under the expedited procedures provided to veterans who have received 100% VA ratings.

Good luck.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Criteria to Qualify
Who qualifies for disability? - Qualifying is based on evidence of functional limitations
Medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
The non-medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for?
What are the Social Security Disability, SSI Requirements For How Disabled You Have to Be?
What types of information is Social Security Disability looking for?
Proving Functional Limitations and why this is Important on a Disability Case
Applying for Disability - Rules and Requirements when you Apply