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Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

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.

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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

To be eligible to receive either Social Security Disability or qualify for SSI benefits

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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