Can disabled military veterans qualify for SSD benefits?

Millions of Americans, including Ohioans, receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. And, after years of war oversees and the fight against terrorism, there are millions of military veterans in America, many of whom suffered injuries during their time in the service. If these military veterans are classified as "disabled" due to their wartime injures, are they eligible for SSD benefits?

A recent report considered this topic and pointed out that, yes, military veterans who are receiving benefits from the Veterans' Administration (VA) can, at the same time, be eligible to receive SSD benefits. In fact, the two different types of benefits should not impact each other.

In addition, as the recent report noted, military veterans' disabilities are graded by the VA on a percentage scale. Their VA benefits are measured on that scale, so a veteran who has a 20 percent disability will receive less in veterans' benefits than someone who has an 80 percent disability grade.

In conjunction with that scale, a veteran can take a good guess from their military disability grade how successful they might be when applying for SSD benefits. As the recent report stated, a veteran who has a disability grade of 70 percent or higher will likely have a much easier time being successful in applying for SSD benefits.

When Ohio residents prepare to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, there are many factors to consider, as many factors will come into play in terms of whether or not the application is ultimately approved. Getting the right information about the SSD application process can be helpful.

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