Can You Receive Social Security Disability Or SSI Benefits At the Same Time As VA Benefits?
You may or may not be able to receive disability benefits from Social Security at the same time as VA or Veterans' Benefits. VA benefits affect
If you receive VA or Veterans benefits, you may not be able to receive SSI disability benefits at the same time. SSI disability is a need-based program that considers income and resources as a basis of entitlement. Social Security considers VA benefits in the same way they consider other types of income, so if your VA benefits are higher than the income amount allowed, it is likely you will be denied SSI disability benefits.
If your VA benefit amount is under the SSI income limit, you may be entitled to receive SSI disability benefits simultaneously with your VA benefits. Again, this does not mean that SSI disability benefits will not affect the amount you receive in VA benefits.
If you receive a non-service connected pension your VA benefits will definitely be offset by the amount of SSI disability benefits you receive from social Security.
If you receive service connected compensation and SSI disability benefits, it is likely that your VA benefits may be offset. It depends upon your percentage rating by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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