Veterans who have served their country do not always enjoy lives in their respective laps of luxury. In fact, many of those who were injured or suffered from serious medical conditions that prevent them from working full-time, if at all.
Multiple options for benefits
These brave Americans often turn to their respective Veterans Administration for financial help. However, additional options exist in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. As of the most recent data from 2016, nearly one million veterans were recipients of SSDI. Many lives were made easier as benefits provided 75 percent of personal income for over half of the veterans who applied.
With multiple forms of disability income available to veterans, each process has its own unique aspects and requirements. The VA considers a Veteran disabled during or as a result of injuries during their military service, paid on a percentage scale based on the specific injury. Conversely, the SSA determines eligibility based on work history, the disability’s severity, and an employment history that saw them pay in FICA payroll taxes.
VA ratings can also play a role in qualifying for SSDI. Those who enjoy a 100 percent rating can see their application fast-tracked. SSA’s Wounded Warrior program can speed the bureaucratic process for those with a lower ranking.
Providing the compassion and respect veterans deserve can come in a variety of forms. Certain days that formally commemorate their sacrifice with lavish parades help put a well-deserved spotlight on them. However, their peace of mind that their day-to-day needs are met can come with a combination of Veteran’s benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance.