Some Veterans whom are lucky to get a disability rating from the VA Affairs Office find out some ugly business going on. Veterans with 10yr or more of active duty service are entitled to two checks. VA check and Socia Security Check each month for life. What this means is, if you become totally disabled while in military service and you got more than 10yrs active service, you can get both checks at the same time. Many service personel returning from Iraq and other countries with less than ten yrs of work get only their VA checks and nothing more. Let us discuss this little bit of information here on this board....
Actually you have something wrong. Social Security is based on quarters worked at any job. From Social Security:
"Social Security "credits." As you work and pay taxes, you earn credits that count toward eligibility for future Social Security benefits. You can earn a maximum of four credits each year.
Most people need 40 credits to qualify for benefits. Younger people need fewer credits to qualify for disability or for their spouse or children to qualify for survivors’ benefits."
Let us take my own personal case for instance. I went into the military right out of high school during the Vietnam War Era. I never worked any where but the US Army after leaving high school. During my 10yrs of military active duty service I paid into Social Security. Upon my release, I was told I was entitled to have a disability check due to my serive related injuries by Social Security Disability. So, they paid me a check each month. The VA Affairs told me if I was lucky and got my ratings that I would get a check from them each month as well as Social Security Disability checks. The Social Security told if I would have had less than 10yrs they would not have given me a check at all. Only because, I had 10yrs in the military of work did they give me a disability check each month. At present time I only get the Social Security Check only. The VA Affairs Office of Denver still refuses to give me a rating or give me svc connection.
If this came to you automatic, I'd like to know more.
Let us take my own personal case for instance. I went into the military right out of high school during the Vietnam War Era. I never worked any where but the US Army after leaving high school. During my 10yrs of military active duty service I paid into Social Security. Upon my release, I
I applied for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) about 6 years ago after my disability became much worse. I only had a few years of service, but worked in the private sector for many years.
Social Security has very different rules than VA compensation, although the same basic medical issues are considered. With Social Security either you are disabled and can not work, or you are not disabled. Compensation is based on earnings contributed. For most people the payment is in the range of a 70% - 80% rate from the VA.
To apply you either visit or call your local Social Security office. It helps if you have not income for at least 1 quarter. There is a six month waiting period for SSDI. There is a two year waiting period for Medicare based on disability.
I had to apply for Social Security Disability after my return for civilian life. I was very sick leaving the military active duty service and had complained of it at seperation to all that would listen but, appeals fail on death ears. So, after leaving the military I was unable to work anywhere due to my two disorders of the neurological conditions. My father whom was alive at the time took me to my nearest Social Security Office where I applied for total disability based on my military service. The Socail Security office gave me back pay and a monthly check for my service connected disability disorders. The Social Security recognized my disabilities right away but, to this day they VA Affairs Offices of Denver still refuse to accept my disabilities. So, yes you must report to your local Social Security Office to start recieving disability checks. Special note: You must be totally disabled and not have any income right now other than you compensation checks.
Well in my case I worked under the table jobs mostly when I was younger. I was 18 when I joined the Army. I only did three years and am 80%.. I get no social security because I have no work.. And now its very hard for me to find a job that I can do.. Anything for guys like me? Or do I just suck it up and drive on.
If you are 80% have you been considered for Voc Rehab or IU?
If Only it was that easy I am 90% P&T/IU and retired 13 months ago after 20 years. I am having a very had fight with SSDI. I am at my last try Thursday the 24th before I turn it over to a lawyer. Also I work for 7 years before I joined the Military.
The Social Security told if I would have had less than 10yrs they would not have given me a check at all.
This is only partly true and misleading. Having severed in the military has nothing to do with you receiving SSDI. What you need is time paid into the SS system to qualify for SSI or SSDI. IF you had not had any other jobs right out of high school, then you would not have paid enough time into SS to receive SSDI or SSI. The fact that you had 10 years of active duty right out of high school is what gave you the time paid to SS. If you would have done 6 years flipping burgers and 4 years AD you would still meet the SS time requirement. I do not remember if it is ten years, I though it was more like 6-8 but cant remember.
Greetings and special blessings to one and all.
My experience with SS is that you might as well get a lawyer and a good one that only does SS claims.
I went looking on SS website and found the following:
"The rules for how much work you need to qualify for disability benefits are as follows:
Before age 24--You may qualify if you have 6 credits earned in the 3-year period ending when your disability starts.
Age 24 to 31--You may qualify if you have credit for working half the time between age 21 and the time you become disabled. For example, if you become disabled at age 27, you would need credit for 3 years of work (12 credits) out of the past 6 years (between ages 21 and 27).
Age 31 or older--In general, you need to have the number of work credits shown in the chart below. Unless you are blind, you must have earned at least 20 of the credits in the 10 years immediately before you became disabled.
Born after 1929,
Become Disabled At Age Number of Credits You Need
AGE CREDITS NEEDED
31 through 42 20 credits
62 or older 40
You can find this information at this link:
"The amount needed for a credit changes from year to year. In 2008, for example, you earn one credit for each $1050 of wages or self-employment income. When you've earned $4,200, you've earned your four credits for the year."
I trust this will help some of you.
May God richly bless and keep each of you.
In His Service,
Here is another good link for military service after Oct 2001:
Thanks Grover. That means that some of the disabled soldiers who are coming back from the sand box disabled may be eligable for SSDI and ultimately Medicare.
It seems that some of you here have been having trouble with the Social Securty Office over getting SSDI. My thing is exact opposite of you all. I was given SSDI right from the get go and they accepted all military, VA Hospital Records, and Civilian Doctor reports. The VA Offices have never accepted my medical reports and therefore I an still fighting for my VA Compensation after 25yrs. But, the Social Security Office still say I am qualified to have both checks once I ever get the VA Check started. I have no work now nor have I worked since my release from service in 1982. I was veteran of the Vietnam Era. So, many of you here are very lucky to have a VA Check coming into your household because they pay more than SSDI right now.
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