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Does A Certain Percentage of VA Disability Automatically Make You Eligible For Social Security Disability?

Having a 100 percent VA rating, under newer SSA guidelines, can allow your claim with the Social Security Administration to receive expedited processing. However, this does not mean that the claim with SSA will necessarily be approved.

The eligibility criteria for Social Security disability and VA disability are not the same. Not only are the two programs completely separate and different, the basis for being awarded disability with Social Security can be more problematic than with VA disability. Social Security disability is a “total” disability program not a percentage disability program.

For Social Security purposes, an individual must be completely unable to perform substantial gainful work activity due to their disabling mental or physical impairments. This basically means that an individual must be completely incapable of going back to any one of their former jobs within the last fifteen years (this fifteen year period is known as the relevant work period).

Conversely, VA disability is based upon service related injuries or conditions that may or may not cause an individual to be “totally” disabled. Veterans receive a disability benefit monthly amount based upon their percentage of disability rating, and they receive this monthly benefit whether they are working or not. In fact, there are many veterans receiving disability benefits from the VA that are working full time jobs in the civilian national economy.

This stands in direct opposition to Social Security disability rules and regulations. For social security disability and SSI disability, the ability to perform substantial gainful work activity indicates that an individual is not disabled.

Social Security disability determinations cannot be based upon whether or not a person receives VA disability because the criteria for disability approval is so vastly different for the VA and Social security systems. As was stated, there are veterans with one hundred percent VA disability who are working full time jobs. Individuals who are working full time jobs could never be approved for social security disability or SSI because the social security administration does not consider individuals who can work full time to be disabled.

In conclusion, there is no percentage of VA disability that will automatically make an individual eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Veterans have to go through the same medical process as all other citizens, and if they meet all the requirements of Social Security disability they will be entitled to receive a disability benefit.

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

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Are you allowed to receive VA benefits and Social Security Disability at the same time?
Can't the Social Security Administration get the veteran's service record to confirm their disability?
Will Being A Veteran Affect Your Eligibility And Chances For Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability, SSI, and low IQ

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
To be eligible to receive either social security disability or qualify for SSI benefits