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SSDI for Veterans in Michigan and Ohio

You know you can get veterans’ disability benefits if you have medical conditions resulting from your military service.

Can you get Social Security Disability at the same time?

Absolutely you can.

And putting these disability programs together can ensure the secure life you earned when you served your country and suffered damage to your health.

The two programs don’t talk to each other much, however. They’re run independently. You must apply for Social Security Disability separately and go through a separate process.

Within Social Security, there are two types of disability benefits:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for people with substantial work backgrounds who paid into the Social Security system
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people with limited financial resources

Both provide monthly payments to help you take care of your bills and other needs.

Get help with Social Security Disability for veterans from the Detroit disability lawyers at Levine Benjamin Law Firm.

We’re the No. 1 firm in Michigan for the amount of Social Security benefits we’ve won for our clients. We’ve helped 80,000 people across Michigan, Ohio and across the country. No fee until you win benefits.

From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.

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Veterans’ Disability & SSDI for Veterans: What’s the Difference?

Here are the major ways that Veterans Affairs disability benefits and Social Security Disability for veterans look at your health status differently:

  • For Social Security Disability, you must be unable to work a substantial amount. VA disability isn’t based on your inability to work.
  • Social Security requires your work-stopping medical conditions to be severe enough to last at least a year, or possibly the rest of your life. VA disability doesn’t have a minimum length for your impairment.
  • VA disability is for veterans with service-related disabilities. Social Security Disability doesn’t require a certain cause for your health limitations.
  • Social Security takes into consideration your age, education and work history (because they affect your ability to work). Veterans’ disability only looks at your health problems themselves and whether they are service-connected.
  • Veterans Affairs disability gives you ratings and pays different amounts depending on the severity of your impairments. Social Security doesn’t use percentages of disability.
  • With Social Security Disability you either qualify because you can’t work, or you don’t. When you qualify, you get the full amount available to you.

A major challenge with Social Security Disability is that it can take a long time to get benefits, months at a minimum, sometimes a year or more.

But some military veterans have options to speed it up.

For one, if you have a 100% Permanent & Total (P&T) disability rating from the VA, Social Security may offer you “expedited processing.”

Also if your disability began while on active duty on Oct. 1, 2001, or since then, you may be eligible for Social Security’s Wounded Warriors program that expedites your claim.

Find out what you might be able to receive from Social Security Disability—at no cost to you in a consultation with Levine Benjamin’s experienced SSDI lawyers for veterans.

How Our SSDI Lawyers for Veterans Help You

Social Security Disability has its own legal system, complete with thousands of rules meant to catch false claims, and even disability hearings with special judges who decide whether to award benefits.

An SSDI attorney for veterans makes sure the system gives you fair consideration. The Levine Benjamin disability lawyers will:

  • Gather the kinds of information Social Security will accept from your veterans’ disability claim
  • Help you fill out the lengthy Social Security Disability forms, steering you clear of mistakes
  • Collect and present to Social Security the medical evidence at the core of your case
  • Present your education and employment background in a way that supports your claim
  • Prepare you for your disability hearing with an administrative law judge and represent you there

Our Social Security Disability lawyers believe our armed forces veterans deserve a special place of honor and support.

Military service is a tradition in our own families. Both grandfathers of managing partner Gary Bimberg fought in the Army during World War II. One served on D-Day and received the Purple Heart. The other served in the Pacific in a pioneering Army Rangers unit.

Joe Houle, our other managing partner, is the son of a Korean War combat veteran.

To help veterans with disabilities live lives of stability, peace and dignity, our disability attorneys have both the right skills—and the right values.

Get in touch with us in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Toledo, and all over Michigan and Ohio.

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