If you or a loved one is a veteran who has served this country, we tip our hats to you. Because of what veterans sacrifice, and some more than others, there are benefits allowed to military members, veterans and their families. However, being a veteran doesn't make a person any less a contributing member of this country. If a person also worked enough hours in a civilian job, they can qualify for Social Security disability when they are no longer able to work due to disability.
The way Social Security disability works is those that have worked the minimum amount of taxable hours, and are disabled and no longer able to work, can seek to receive benefits of this program. Of course there is fine print in this process that includes what the Social Security Administration considers disability and so on. However, many military veterans who are receiving veteran-related disability may not realize they could seek benefits from both programs simultaneously.
VA disability is based on a percentage system, of which, a higher percentage one is deemed disabled, the more severe their disability is considered by the VA. Those with higher percentages of disability with the VA usually means a better chance of getting approved by the SSA. The process is difference from determining disability across both programs. The VA only looks at your military disabilities when you apply for VA benefits, while the SSA looks at all your medical issues when you apply for SSD benefits. You can combine your military disability with other health issues that did are not connected to military service, such as a heart condition, hypertension, asthma, or diabetes to be approved for benefits.
Some may not realize that health issues not connected to military service can be compensable in terms of government support. However, millions in this country depend on these benefits to survive. Maximize the amount of benefits you can qualify when you're disabled. This can be done by examining each program to determine if you qualify and then apply.