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1. You can collect VA benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) at the same time. There is no offset in your VA benefits if you are approved for SSDI. SSDI could add up to an additional $2600 per month to your income.

2. Vets receive an expedited processing of their SSDI claims. Military service members that became disabled while on duty on or after October 1, 2001, are eligible for a faster processing time of their SSDI application. Also, vets who have a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total can receive an expedited processing of their claim.

3. You must have a medical condition that prevents you from working and is expected or has lasted at least 12 months. This condition does not have to be work-related.

4. You will receive Medicare if you are approved for SSDI. You will automatically receive health insurance under Medicare 24 months after your date of disability is determined.

5. SSDI has a different definition of disability than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. While many veterans may be eligible for SSDI, not all who receive VA benefits will qualify for SSDI benefits.

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