Friday, March 27, 2015

VA IU and Social Security Disability

What is the difference between VA IU and Social Security Disability?  Many veterans ask this question and I will try and give a basic explanation.  The main difference is that Social Security will look at all your medical conditions to determine if you are unable to work.  With veteran's IU the VA will only look at your service connected disabilities to determine if you are disabled.  You can get a better understanding of how each agency determines disability by reading my web pages on Social Security's 5 steps to determine disability and how the VA determines if you are unable to work under VA IU.  What most veterans need to know is that if you have been found disabled for VA IU there is a real good chance you will be able to get SSDI.  Also if you are getting SSDI mainly due to your service connected disabilities, there is also a good chance you can get VA IU as well.  This is a very simple explanation of the difference between these two programs and the website links above should help explain further.  If you are unable to work because you are disabled and you are not sure what you may qualify for then one of the best things you can do is speak to an attorney to see if you may qualify for IU and SSDI or both.  If you would like to ask me feel free to call me at 1-877-527-5529.