Are you allowed to receive VA benefits and Social Security Disability at the same time?

Social Security does not restrict VA beneficiaries from receiving Social Security Disability benefits at the same time. However, Social Security is not a partial disability program; therefore Social Security does not use the same criteria to evaluate an individual's disability.

Social Security is a total disability program, which means an individual must be unable to work due to their disabling conditions. If you meet the requirements to receive Social Security benefits, you will be able to receive Social Security's benefits along with your VA benefits.

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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