Different Disability Support Systems For Veterans In Need
Military veterans are in a unique position where multiple programs are available to help them with their transition to civilian life. Veterans Affairs (VA) disability exists for conditions caused by military service, but any non-military conditions requiring support should be covered by the appropriate program. Take a look at your options as a veteran to decide what you're better off using.
Social Security's Limits
The Social Security disability insurance program is designed as a financial safety net for people with disabilities that make it difficult to earn a living. Whether temporary or permanent, these disabilities can be supported with a full disability payment up to the year's maximum rate or at a lower rate if you're able to work at limited capacity.
If you can earn more than what Social Security provides, you don't need to be on Social Security. Because certain disabilities may happen at random or intermittently, some people are able to work full-time one day, but completely unable to cope the next.
It's possible to use Social Security to fill the gaps, but these issues must be known and planned before being approved. If you suddenly start earning money while on disability and the program discovers your earnings, you may be fined and forced to return your compensation.
The workers' compensation system (formerly known as the gender-specific workman's comp name) is available for workers who were injured on the job or as a result of their job.
The compensation is designed to support workers by paying hospital bills and a percentage of their normal paycheck in order to survive on the economy until they're able to return to work. The amount of coverage varies by state, but 52 weeks (the number of weeks in a year) is the usual amount of time that you can receive workers' comp pay.
Veterans Affairs Compensation May be Your Best Bet
Was your injury caused by pain or difficulties from an older injury? Could things that have military connections be the root cause of your work and personal life difficulties? You may have a case with another disability program.
If you can prove that the condition was caused by military service, you qualify for Veterans Affairs disability. Proof comes in the form of official documentation, such as military medical records or civilian medical records from your military timeframe. There are other ways to prove military service-connection for your disability, but those documents are the most likely to succeed.
Compensation from the VA is an impressive set of monthly payments, medical care, dental care, vision care and psychological care. In addition to receiving care for your disability, you can also receive referrals to civilian institutions. Aside from disabilities that you claim are too intense for you to work, you're able to work and earn as much as you want while receiving VA compensation.
In addition to having documented proof of connection, you'll need to prove that you're still suffering from the problem. For the best success, make sure to contact a lawyer with experience in claim systems that can arrange your claim or appeal in the right format.
You may also need a team of medical professionals on your side who know the claim system enough to perform examinations, document evidence and even give advanced evidence such as targeted pictures and videos to illustrate the problem. Contact a team of workers compensation lawyers to discuss you eligibility for different programs and to find the right fit for your situation.