Many disabled veterans of Kentucky are struggling to support themselves as the day-to-day cost of living goes up. Rent payments, bills and groceries stretch the budget close to the breaking point. However, disabled vets may find they qualify for additional assistance. Many of those who already receive military benefits may be eligible for more financial support through SSDI benefits.
Most disabled veterans are eligible to receive benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, the Social Security Administration has different disability requirements than the VA. Before the SSA will approve additional benefits for those disabled in military service, the individual must meet these requirements. The SSA describes a qualified person as someone who cannot find gainful employment due to a medical disability. The person must have had the condition for a year or more. If the illness or injury is likely to be fatal, it may also qualify.
While the Social Security Administration automatically identifies veterans with a 100% Permanent and Total disability rating, it does not automatically qualify them for SSDI benefits. The SSA may require some vets to provide additional proof of their P&T disability rating.
Veterans who suffer from mental disabilities may also qualify. The SSA considers several mental impairments that affect many vets, such as service-related disorders like posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. The SSA requires applicants to provide medical evidence to assess the severity of the disease and how it impacts the ability to find employment. Side effects from medical treatments or prescribed drugs may also be a factor in determining whether a disabled veteran is eligible for SSDI benefits.