VA Disability Compensation vs Social Security Disability Benefits


What Do I Need To Know About The VA and Social Security Programs? 


Both Social Security and VA pay disability benefits. However, their programs, processes, and criteria for receiving benefits are very different.  A VA Compensation Rating of 100% Permanent and Total does not guarantee that you will receive Social Security Disability Benefits. To be approved for Social Security Benefits, you must meet Social Security’s definition of "Disability." To be found disabled, you must be unable to do substantial work because of your medical condition(s); and your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year or to result in death.  If you receive VA Compensation, this will not affect your Social Security Benefits.

As a Veteran rated 100% P&T, how do I receive expedited processing for Social Security disability benefits?  First, you must apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. You can do this in one of three ways:

  • Complete your application online, by clicking on the link below:

  • Call our toll-free telephone number, 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call us at TTY 1-800-325-0778

  • Call or visit your local Social Security Office.

For more information about a Veteran rated 100% P&T applying for Social Security Benefits, click on the link below: