Yes. U.S. veterans may work part time or full time and still receive veterans’ disability benefits for a service-connected injury or health issue. This is true no matter how much you earn at work.
Unlike other types of disability benefits, VA disability is not based on your income or your ability to work. Instead, it is based on your service to your country and the sacrifice to your health you made doing your duty. Many veterans across the country are gainfully employed while also receiving disability benefits from their time in the service, and both their veterans’ disability benefits and their work are important to them.
However, There Is an Exception to the Rule
While many veterans may work and recover disability benefits, it is important to be aware of an important exception to the general rule that could apply to you.
If you are eligible for Individual Unemployability—a veterans’ compensation program that allows you to receive a 100 percent disability rating because you are not able to work—your payment is contingent on the fact that you cannot supplement your disability benefits with an income. Veterans who qualify for Individual Unemployability benefits may only receive these benefits if they do not engage in substantially gainful employment. Thus, if you qualify for Individual Unemployability benefits, your veterans’ disability payment may be connected to your ability to work.
You Deserve Personal Advice
You have suffered a significant and life-changing health condition while serving our country. Now, you deserve to fully understand the benefits you have earned and to receive full and fair benefits as soon as possible.
Like most government programs, veterans’ disability can be confusing, but the benefits can be important. We encourage you to learn more about your benefits and about your right to work by contacting an experienced veterans’ disability lawyer today via this website or by phone.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.