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Will Being A Veteran Affect Your Eligibility And Chances For Social Security Disability?

Being a veteran has no bearing upon your eligibility for Social Security disability, nor does it increase your chances of being approved for disability benefits. Individuals who are actually receiving disability benefits from the Veterans Administration are routinely denied for Social Security benefits.

Why? The answer is simple. The definition of disability is different for the two programs.

The Social Security definition of disability involves an impairment that prevents an individual from performing any of their past work, or any other work at a substantial level for at least twelve continuous months. Social Security disability is a total disability program, whereas VA disability is based upon a percentage system that allows for partial disability.

Additionally, work plays no part in VA disability determinations. This means that veterans can receive full 100% rated disability benefits while working a full time job if they are able. Considering these differences it is easy to see how being a veteran or receiving disability from the VA may or may not have an affect upon a personís chance of being approved for Social Security disability.

If a veteran files for disability, they are evaluated under Social Security medical and vocational criteria whether they are receiving disability from the VA or not. If it is determined that their medical or mental impairment meets or medically equals the severity requirements of an impairment listing, or the limitations imposed by their impairment cause their residual functional capacity (what they are able to do in spite of their limitations) to be so restrictive that it precludes the performance of any past work or even other work at a SGA level, then veterans,like any other disability applicants, may be approved for disability benefits.

The only advantage a veteran might have over another person is the fact that they have most likely been able to receive medical treatment for their impairments. Since Social Security likes to have at least a twelve-month longitudinal medical history that includes current treatment notes (three months old or less) to make their disability determinations, it does stand to reason that a more thorough evaluation of an individualís impairment and limitations could help their chances of receiving a Social Security disability medical allowance.

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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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria