Can VA Approval Help an SSDI claim?

It is not unusual to be approved for VA benefits while still waiting on a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim.

Trevor, in El Centro, California asks “I had disability claims filed at SSA and VA, my VA claim was approved already, will this help my SSDI claim get approved?”

Many people who are eligible for Veteran’s Administration (VA) disability will file a claim with both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the VA. It is not unusual to be approved for VA benefits while still waiting on a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim.

Unfortunately, VA disability approval will not help you with your SSDI or SSI claim.

The Social Security Administration uses its own method of determining who is eligible for SSDI or SSI. It is possible and very common for you to get approved for VA benefits but denied for SSDI or SSI benefits. Also, the SSA only gives disability to people who are totally disabled with an impairment that is expected to last at least one year or result in death.

For VA disability, you can be awarded a percentage of benefits for a partial disability.

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