If you’ve been awarded VA benefits through the military, there is no automatic approval process to obtain SSD benefits. The VA and Social Security have different processes for proving benefits for disabled individuals. When reviewing for VA eligibility, they review the application in the light most favorable to the veteran. The Social Security Administration, on the other hand, does not review their applications in that same light. To learn more, watch this short video.
Roughly 1.1 million of veterans have a disability rating of 70% or greater, which greatly interferes with their ability to work. For these veterans, VA disability benefits may not be enough to make up for lost income. In these cases, they may be eligible for social security disability (SSD) benefits.