Yes, you can receive both Social Security disability benefits and veterans’ disability benefits at the same time assuming that you qualify for both types of benefits. Income, assets, and financial need are irrelevant to your claims for both Social Security disability and veterans’ disability benefits. Instead, Social Security disability insurance benefits are based on your work history and veterans’ disability compensation is based on your military service.
Social Security Disability Eligibility
In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, you must:
- Have a medical condition that significantly impacts your ability to work and that keeps you from making enough money to be engaged in substantial gainful activity.
- The condition must have already lasted—or be expected to last—for one year or more or to result in your death.
Additionally, you must go through the Social Security disability application process and have your application approved.
Veterans’ Disability Eligibility
The veterans’ disability program has different eligibility requirements than the Social Security disability program. In order to receive veterans’ disability, you will need to prove that:
- You are an active service member or a veteran who was not dishonorably discharged.
- You suffered a medical condition that is connected to your service.
You must qualify for each program individually in order to receive both types of benefits. You may start to receive benefits from each program at different times. Likewise, you may have one type of benefit denied while the other type of benefit is approved.
Understanding disability benefits can be difficult—and making certain you are receiving all of the disability payments you and your family deserve is important. Speaking with a Texas disability benefits attorney can help you understand what benefits you may be eligible for, and whether you should apply for benefits from more than one program. Call the disability lawyers at Morgan & Weisbrod today to schedule a free, private appointment today to learn more about your rights.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.