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SSDI Vs. VA Benefits: Which Are Easier To Get?


Unfortunately, accidents and medical issues can happen without warning and lead to debilitating injuries and conditions. When a person is unable to work due to these issues and conditions, they can receive some sort of government benefits.

Although Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are both government programs that offer benefits to those who are disabled, each has their own requirements involved. The criteria is far from easy to meet, often leading to disapprovals and delays.

If you are a veteran who has become disabled, you may wonder which program is easier to get benefits from. It may seem as though it would be easier for a veteran to obtain disability benefits from the VA, since it is designed specifically for them. However, SSDI covers a broader spectrum of the population, including retired veterans.

As a veteran, it is possible that you can obtain both benefits. However, there are specific criteria involved and it is a long process.

Comparing the Two Programs

VA benefits are available if the applicant suffers from a condition as a result of their military service. It also offers partial payments based on the degree of disability.

The program is not as strict as SSDI. It does not require that the applicant be unable to work due to their condition. It does not require that the condition lasts more than 12 months or results in death. In addition, age, grade level, or work history do not affect eligibility.

The SSDI benefit, on the other hand, is intended for the general population. No military service is required, but it does not offer partial payments according to the degree of disability.

To receive SSDI benefits, you must meet the criteria. The condition, whether it be a severe medical condition or injury, must prevent the applicant from engaging in a substantially gainful activity. Their condition must last more than 12 months or result in death. There are also specific requirements regarding age, grade level, and work history.

However, if you are a fully disabled veteran, you will be approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) quickly. The SSA has a fast track for approving applications from veterans or active-duty military members who have a VA disability rating of 100% Permanent & Total. These applicants qualify for the expedited process and will be automatically approved.

Learn More About Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are a disabled veteran, you may wonder whether SSA or VA disability is the better option. In some cases, you may not have to choose. You may be able to qualify for both, although it will take hard work and patience.

A White Plains Social Security Disability lawyer from The Law Office of Michael Lawrence Varon can assess your situation and help you understand all your options for benefits. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (914) 228-1770.



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