If you are a disabled veteran, you may have questions about the relationship between veterans' disability benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Contact a lawyer at Schwartz Law Firm, a member of Lawyers for Veterans Claims (LVC), to discuss your VA claims issues.
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Schwartz Law Firm is a member of Lawyers for Veterans Claims (LVC). LVC is a national veterans' law practice located in Michigan. We are attorneys dedicated to helping those who bravely served our country get the benefits they were promised for their military service.
Contact Schwartz Law Firm to schedule a consultation to gain understanding of how Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits relate to or affect VA benefits.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss the particulars of your situation and advise you on how to ensure that you are receiving the maximum benefits that you are entitled to. Call or e-mail the law firm to schedule a free initial consultation.
Veterans' Social Security Disability and Retirement Income
It is estimated that one quarter of adult Social Security benefits recipients are veterans, and of the total population of adult Social Security recipients, as many as 40 percent are veterans or their family members.
According to the Social Security Administration's website, between 1968 and 2000, the overall Social Security population roughly doubled, but the number of veterans receiving Social Security more than quadrupled.
Special Credits for Military Service
Although Social Security benefits are based on average lifetime earnings, military service members receive special credits that supplement their earnings for the purpose of computing Social Security benefits. As of February 2001, those credits equaled an additional $100 in earnings for each $300 the person receives in active-duty pay. However, the total credits received are capped at $1,200 per year.
Legislative history indicates that Congress enacted the special credits because it believed that military pay was too low, and that without the credits, Social Security benefits for veterans and their dependents would also be too low. Congress has also provided special credits for veterans who served before the military was brought under the Social Security system in 1957. For each month of service in the period from 1940 through 1956, a veteran is credited with $160 of earnings for the purpose of computing Social Security benefits.
Contact a Michigan Veterans' Law Attorney Regarding Social Security Benefits and VA Benefits
Are you disabled because of PTSD or TBI originating in military service? Or are you retired and question whether you are receiving maximum veterans' benefits in addition to your Social Security Disability benefits?
Our veterans' law attorneys are prepared to answer questions and help clients prove eligibility for maximum available veteran's benefits and Social Security benefits - whether Social Security Disability benefits or Social Security retirement benefits. Contact us at our offices in Farmington Hills for a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer handling veterans' benefits denial appeals.