Veterans Benefits and Social Security

It is possible for certain Veterans to receive a form of Veteran disability benefit payment as well as a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit payment. Receipt of one form of federal benefit may affect eligibility for or the payment amount due from another federal benefit system. The rules governing how federal agencies view benefits from other federal agencies can be very complex. Because of these complexities it is important for each Employment Network (EN) to have a qualified benefits advisor on staff or to refer these individuals to a qualified benefits advisor for assistance in benefits planning.

The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) National Training Center trains and supports Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWIC) to acquire and maintain a complete understanding of Social Security's disability programs and other Federal public benefits. The VCU CWIC Training Manual acknowledges that there is a wide range of special cash benefits, medical services and other programs available for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who experience disabilities. The programs covered in the CWIC training unit on Understanding Other Federal Benefits and Associated Work Incentives include only those under its two main organizational branches: the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). There is a separate unit in the training manual on Healthcare for Veterans.

To locate your nearest Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Community Work Incentives Coordinator go to:

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Vets101 offers free career planning tools and information to make it easier for Veterans to navigate career and finance decisions. It features plain language articles that cover over 100 programs from the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Medicaid, Medicare, and the Social Security Administration.

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