Veterans Pension and Disability Benefits

A veteran may receive full VA compensation benefits as well as full Social Security Disability benefits.  However, VA pensions are treated differently.

Your VA pension will be reduced by the amount of Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits you receive.  If you qualify for needs-based Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, they will be reduced by the amount of your VA pension.

The VA pension is reduced by other sources of monthly income like SSDI because it is a needs-based program for disabled veterans.  VA considers your income and assets, but does not consider other needs-based payments like SSI.  SSI and state welfare will not reduce your VA pension, but remember, your VA pension will reduce SSI benefits.

My SSDI benefits would be the same amount or less than my VA pension check.

If this is the case, you may not want to pursue a claim.  Your VA pension will be reduced by the amount of your SSDI benefits.  You may want to simply collect the full VA pension you are already receiving.

I’m in the middle of filing a Social Security disability claim, and I just started getting my VA pension.

If this is the case, you might be able to get SSDI backpay from before your VA pension began.  You should call a lawyer and ask for help in determining what you should do.

My VA pension is going to be about the same as my SSDI benefits, and I’m entitled to SSDI backpay

If this is the case, you may want to stick with the Social Security disability claim.  Your SSDI benefits will offset your VA pension, but there will be back pay on top of these benefits.

Remember, always consult an experienced social security lawyer to find whether you should file for SSDI while collecting a VA pension.