Veterans who are receiving VA disability benefits may be able to obtain Social Security disability benefits. VA disability benefits are available to military veterans suffering from a service-related disability. Social Security disability benefits are available to disabled individuals with sufficient work history. Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are monthly benefits for disabled individuals suffering from a severe disability that prevents them from working. The disability claims process can be complicated so it is important to understand veterans' issues related to disability.
To qualify for SSD benefits, the disabled individual must be suffering from a physical or mental medical condition that is expected to last longer than 12 months or result in death. In addition, to qualify for SSD benefits, applicants for disability must have adequate work history to qualify for benefits. The general work requirement is that the applicant must have worked the last 5 of 10 years but this requirement varies by age.