After the injury you sustained while on active duty, your life in Kentucky may have changed drastically, including your ability to support yourself and your family. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration may cover your medical costs and provide financial assistance through disability benefits. We at the law office of Debra L. Broz, Attorneys at Law, have a deep understanding of the SSD and SSI systems, and how they apply to veterans.
According to the SSA, you can be receiving military pay or veterans benefits and still qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Eligibility is based on your ability to work, not on the amount of money or benefits you are receiving from other agencies. SSD benefits are only available for people who cannot be employed in a job where they receive pay for substantial work. However, you may still be on active duty and still qualify in some circumstances.
There are also some situations where you may have a job without affecting your eligibility. If you believe you may be able to work, you may take a job on a trial period to see if your impairment prevents you from functioning over time. It is important to report all periods of employment in your application and while you are receiving benefits.
Your SS application and the application process required by the Department of Veterans Affairs are not connected. There is an expedited process for your SS disability claim because of your status as a military service member or veteran. More information about the SSD and SSI application processes is available on our webpage.