Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Social Security Disability Benefits for 100% Disabled Veterans

Disability Benefits For Veterans Who Have A Veterans Affairs Compensation Rating Of 100% Permanent And Total

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Starting March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total (P and T) may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits.
What do I need to know about the VA and Social Security programs?
Both Social Security and VA pay disability benefits. However, their programs, processes, and criteria for receiving benefits are very different.
A VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total does not guarantee that you will receive Social Security disability benefits. To be approved for Social Security benefits, you must meet Social Security’s definition of "disability." We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:
  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical 
    condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
If you receive VA compensation, this will not affect your Social Security benefits.
As a veteran rated 100% P and T, how do I receive expedited processing for Social Security disability benefits?
First, you must apply for Social Security disability benefits. You can do this in one of three ways:

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