If you have a disabling condition that limits your ability to work, you should seek out every possible resource to help you provide for yourself and your family. If you are approved for Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits, it is possible you may also qualify for SSDI. However, these are two separate programs.
Differences Between TDIU and SSDI
TDIU provides compensation for Veterans at the same rate as someone determined to be 100% disabled if they can prove that their disability prevents them from working. Only service-connected disabilities can be used to determine if a Veteran qualifies for TDIU, so those with non-service-connected conditions that affect their ability to work may not qualify.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides payments to adults under age 65 who have earned sufficient work credits by paying Social Security taxes and have a qualifying disability that prevents them from working. The disability must be expected to last at least one year or more or result in the person’s death.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that older workers face discrimination and difficulty training for a new position. As such, it becomes easier to be approved for SSDI over age 50. In comparison, age is irrelevant when determining TDIU eligibility.
Using TDIU Evidence to Support an SSDI Application
Although the SSA has its own rules and application process, it must consider any medical evidence used to support a Veteran’s claim for TDIU benefits. As such, someone approved for TDIU stands a good chance of being granted SSDI benefits as well.
Note that if you are denied TDUI benefits, you may still qualify for SSDI depending on the specific symptoms associated with your disability and how they affect your earning potential. To learn more, you should contact an attorney experienced in preparing SSDI claims. Veterans benefits attorneys only handle VA disability applications.
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If you believe your application for TDIU benefits has been unfairly denied, contact the office of Sean Kendall, Attorney-at-Law, today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your application. Our Veterans benefits attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of those who’ve bravely served our country.