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Category: SSD, SSI, Veterans

1) While Social Security Disability and Department of Veterans Affairs are both federal agencies, they have different rules to determine disability.

2) Social Security Disability and VA also have different rules regarding working while disabled.

3) There are two Social Security Disability programs (Social Security Disability Insurance [DIB], Supplemental Security Income [SSI]); just like there are two VA Disability programs (service connected, non-service connected)

4) You can receive both VA Service-Connected Disability benefits and DIB

5) If you are receiving VA Non-Service Connected Disability, these will be offset by DIB benefits you are awarded

6) If you are receiving VA benefits, you will likely NOT be eligible for SSI

7) You need a copy of your DD 214 (discharge papers) for your Social Security Disability application

8) If you are at least 60% disabled through the VA you can ask for an employability evaluation and we recommend that you do so

9) If you are homeless (or near homeless) contact the Veteran’s Homeless Outreach Center

10) If you have any questions about when you should apply contact us; there are deadlines based upon work credits and we can help you figure this out.

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