Having military retirement or VA disability benefits does not help or hurt your chances of being approved for Social Security disability benefits. You will have to go through the same process as every other disability applicant. You must file an application for disability with Social Security. During the disability interview you will be asked to provide information about your medical treatment sources and your work history for the past fifteen years (meaning the types of jobs you have performed over those years). After you complete the application, your disability claim is sent to a state disability agency for a medical determination.
Your medical impairment may meet the social security approval criteria of an impairment listing in the Social Security disability list of impairments, i.e. the blue book or guidebook. If it does you may be approved for disability benefits.
However, most applicants do not have an impairment that in and of itself meets the severity requirements of an impairment listing. If your impairment does not meet or equal an impairment listing, the examiner will make a determination as to whether you are able to perform any of your past relevant work or other types of work in the general economy considering your limitations. If the disability examiner determines that your condition is so severe that it precludes all of your past work and any other kind of work you may be approved for disability benefits.
It is important to note the Social Security and VA disability processes are completely different. There are veterans who are one hundred percent disabled under VA criteria that are not approved for Social Security disability. The main reason for this is that Social Security disability is a total disability program rather than a percentage disability program like VA disability. For Social Security you have to be unable to perform substantial work of any kind while VA disability allows an individual to work at a job of some kind if they are able to do so.
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Social Security Disability Questions
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- What does a Social Security Disability Examiner do?
- What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
- How Quickly must you file an Appeal if a Disability Claim is Denied?
- Work and Applying for Disability
- What is the SSI and Social Security Disability Application Wait Time?
- After you file for SSD, the Disability Examiner may contact you for additional information
- How Does A Social Security Disability Examiner Determine a Person's Functional Limitations?
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