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Disability for injuries in Desert Storm can I get SSDI?

Disabled in Desert Storm what are my disability options?

If you have been injured in Desert Storm the first disability you should try to get are VA disability benefits. VA Disability is given to military personnel who served in Desert Storm and were injured. Benefits will vary based on your injury, but some veterans may qualify for over $3,100in monthly benefits.

According to the VA, “These benefits are paid to veterans who have injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. These benefits are tax-free.” VA disability is not available if you have received a dishonorable discharge.

Veterans can apply for VA disability by completing VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation or Pension. Like anything related to the government, filling out the application and sitting back waiting for your money to come pouring in may not get it done. You may need help from a VA disability lawyer.

SSDI and benefits from the Social Security Administration

If you are receiving VA disability and you are considered 100% disabled and you cannot work you may also qualify for SSDI benefits, which are provided by the Social Security Administration. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is offered to disabled workers who have a condition which is so severe they will be unable to work for at least 12 continuous months. Workers must also have worked and accumulated work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits.

SSDI and determining disability for the SSA

It is possible to receive VA Disability benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) simultaneously but receiving one does not guarantee that you will receive the other. Why could you be denied SSDI if you are getting VA disability?

Unlike VA disability benefits the SSDI does not give partial disability or assign a disability rating. For this reason there are some veterans who are receiving VA disability but are not considered 100% disabled by the SSA and are denied SSDI benefits.

There are other reasons you may qualify for SSDI but you may be receiving VA disability benefits. For instance, if you have a low VA disability rating you may be able to continue to work. For SSDI, however, if you are able to work and perform substantial gainful activity the SSA will consider you NOT disabled, regardless of the severity of your condition.

The last reason you may be denied SSDI benefits is because you lack sufficient work credits to be considered insured for SSA disability benefits. SSDI is only offered to workers who have worked and paid enough employment taxes to be considered insured. If you are a young applicant, even if you have served in a military operation, it is likely that if you were injured only after a few years you may not have sufficient work credits to be considered insured. If you lack work credits you will be automatically denied SSDI.

Other SSA disability options for disabled veterans

As mentioned above, if you do not have sufficient work credits for SSDI benefits another option may be Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Keep in mind you will only qualify for SSI in addition to your VA disability benefit if your VA payment is VERY low. SSI is only for claimants with very limited income and resources.
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