Yes, injured vets can seek both veterans disability benefits - otherwise known as service-related or service-connected disability compensation - and Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In fact, disabled veterans often have many more options for benefits than they realize.
Differences between VA and SSD benefits
While there are many similarities between veterans disability and SSD benefits, it is important to remember that they are also quite distinct. For instance, one of the main differences between the two forms of benefits - other than the fact that one is only available to veterans - is that, unlike SSD benefits, a vet does not have to be completely/totally disabled before he or she is eligible for veterans disability compensation. A veteran's disability is compensated based on the severity of the service-connected disability, which the VA will rate from 0 to 100 percent.
A veteran must have a minimum 10 percent rating to receive monthly monetary benefits. And although a single zero-percent rating is not compensable, that doesn't mean you won't ever receive benefits. In fact, a zero-percent rating still means that your disability is service-connected, so if your disability gets worse as time goes on, you may be able to collect benefits. In addition, if you have multiple zero-percent ratings for different disabilities, it is possible that you will be able to collect at the 10-percent rate.
Get the help you need today
Regardless of your situation, if you believe you have a service-connected disability, it is crucial to speak with the advocates at The Rep For Vets® as soon as possible. We can explain your rights and help you cut through the red tape. Call us today at 1-888-5-REPVET for your free consultation.