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Can Your Military Pay Impact Your Eligibility for SSD Benefits?

For those whose disability makes them unable to work, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can prove to be a true lifeline. But for current and former members of the United States military, the receipt of pay, pensions, and disability compensation can raise concern over whether their SSD benefits will be impacted. 

What Type of SSD Benefits Are You Applying For?

Whether a military member’s compensation will impact their ability to qualify for SSD benefits is dependent upon the type of Social Security benefits for which they apply. There are a couple of different types of social security disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Receiving military pay will not affect a veteran’s ability to receive SSDI. However, it can impact their ability to receive SSI.

When looking to apply for SSD benefits, you should first consider your income level. This income can come from multiple sources: pay, pensions, and disability compensation. Those on active duty may receive regular pay and those who have given 20 years or more of service may receive a pension. 

VA-Determined Disability Does Not Guarantee SSA Disability Status

Military veterans may receive monthly benefits from the VA’s disability program. However, simply receiving benefits for this disability program does not automatically mean that they will be approved for SSD benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, veterans’ claims will be expeditiously processed. 

With any type of disability benefit, the applicant must provide proof of their disability. SSDI is for those applicants who can show that they are unable to maintain gainful employment and have worked long enough and have enough work history “credits” to qualify. What you currently earn would not be held against you in terms of eligibility for SSDI benefits. 

Understanding what types of benefits you may be eligible for can be a bit confusing. You want to receive the most benefits possible without causing yourself to be ineligible for Social Security Benefits. After all, you’ve given so much to your country – you deserve to be given something in return. That’s why a knowledgeable and experienced Social Security Disability attorney can be so helpful. He or she can help you to understand which benefits you may be eligible to receive. 

The Arizona SSD Attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC Can Help

When you are a former or current military member and are struggling with a disability that prevents you from working, you may not know what to do. Luckily, the attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC can help. We are so grateful for the hard work and immense commitment that our military service members have given to our country and understand the impact that a disability can have on your ability to make ends meet. That’s why we’re here to help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!