Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available for veterans who are disabled and cannot work due to their disabilities. In some cases, they can receive disability benefits both from the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) for SSDI benefits.
The two programs have different criteria for determining a disability for the purpose of eligibility for benefits. To receive VA benefits you don't have to be completely disabled. The VA issues benefits that are based on the degree of your disability, but the injury or illness must have been due to service in the military. The VA uses a rating system to gauge your disability and the degree to which it affects your ability to work.
To receive SSDI, the disability doesn't have to be due to military service but does have to amount to a full disability. Unlike the VA, the SSA doesn't offer SSDI benefits for partial disabilities. Your disability must prevent you from engaging on what the SSA considers substantial gainful activity.
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