Can I apply for Social Security if I have a mental condition?

Absolutely! Though mental illness is sometimes called the “invisible illness,” mental disorders are the primary diagnosis of a large proportion of all SSI and SSDI recipients. In 2016, a mental disorder was the primary diagnosis of 37.3% of SSDI beneficiaries and 60.2% of SSI recipients. Continue reading “Can I apply for Social Security if I have a mental condition?”

Veterans in Pain May Find Relief with New Court Decision

Just a few days ago the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided the watershed case of Saunders v. Wilkie that will impact thousands of veterans’ claims for VA Disability Compensation benefits. Continue reading “Veterans in Pain May Find Relief with New Court Decision”

7 Things About Service-Connected Disabilities Every Veteran Should Know

VA Disability Compensation benefits are payable only to those veterans who have a “service-connected disability.” But what does that mean, and how do you establish service-connection? Continue reading “7 Things About Service-Connected Disabilities Every Veteran Should Know”

Social Security Secrets Episode 4: Getting Approved for Social Security – What are the Listings?

We’ve talked a lot about the application and approval process for Social Security disability benefits: what happens when and by whom.

But here’s what you really want to know: How sick do I have to be to get approved for SSI and SSDI?

Continue reading “Social Security Secrets Episode 4: Getting Approved for Social Security – What are the Listings?”

The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 3: Getting Approved for Social Security – Who Makes the Decision and How?

In the last two episodes of The Social Security Secrets Series, we talked about the first two steps in the SSI/SSDI application process: financial eligibility and the basic application process. Now that you have submitted your application to the Social Security Administration (SSA), what happens? Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 3: Getting Approved for Social Security – Who Makes the Decision and How?”

Social Security vs. Veterans Affairs: The Nitty Gritty on Disability Benefits

I recently wrote a post called Maximizing Benefits for Disabled Veterans. That post discussed a brief overview of how disabled veterans might be able to benefit from Social Security disability benefits in addition to their VA Disability Compensation benefits.  However, there is much more to consider when you are thinking of applying for both SSA and VA benefits.

Continue reading “Social Security vs. Veterans Affairs: The Nitty Gritty on Disability Benefits”

Maximizing benefits for disabled veterans

I am a disabled veteran. Can I get both Social Security and VA benefits?

The answer is an unsatisfying “maybe.” Whether a disabled veteran is eligible for both Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits depends on several factors. Continue reading “Maximizing benefits for disabled veterans”