What Are Veterans Benefits?
Veterans benefits are given to veterans who have a disability that occurred or was made worse during their military service. This compensation comes from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) office and can be given to a veteran due to an illness or injury. Unlike Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you do not have to be completely disabled to receive veterans benefits. The VA will only need to find you at least 10 percent disabled for you to be considered for veterans benefits. Once the Veterans Benefits Administration (a branch of Veterans Affairs) has determined your disability percentage they will then arrange the amount of compensation you are given. For example if the VA finds someone to be 10 percent disabled, that person will receive a lesser amount in benefits than someone who is found to be 60 percent disabled.
Can a veteran receive SSD and VA benefits at the same time?
Yes, you can receive both SSD and VA benefits at the same time. You can also still be able to qualify for veterans benefits even if you are denied SSD benefits. This is because of their percentage rating. In order to receive SSD benefits the Social Security Administration must find you 100 percent disabled and unable to work, unlike the VA’s rating system as mentioned above.
Another difference between SSD and VA benefits is how much you are able to work. If you are receiving SSD benefits you are only able to earn a gross amount of $1,070 a month. (This amount can change yearly.) When receiving the VA disability benefits you are able to work a full-time job and still receive your monthly benefit payments.
Due to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the VA has had a significant rise in benefit applications. If you are in the process of applying for VA benefits call us at the LaBovick Law Group, and we can help you with your application. Don’t let your application get lost in the shuffle or wrongly denied!
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