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100% P&t, Prior Fed Employee... Social Sec. Disability?


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I recently got blessed with 100% P&T mostly as a result of my PTSD and depression. I was forced to retire early because of my sicknesses, but I do get some retirement pay from the fed gov.

I worked 15 years in the private sector and most of my SS retirement will be done away because of a change that was put in during the Reagan Administration ("windfall elemination provision)

Sould I be applying for Social Security Disability also? I'm not a money hog... my finances are a mess because of my disability, my wife is disabled without SS, and I have a wayword daughter who costs me a lot. [on the bright side I have a wonder loving best grandson in the world.. Mikey)

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SSDI should be slam dunk with 100% PT

The rules for VA disability and SSDI are different, and being 100% SC'ed by the VA is not a slam dunk for SSDI. You need to make sure you have all your evidence to prove to Social Security that you are unable to work 'at all', and they have to find you completely disabled. Different Social Security regions give VA evaluations different weights that may be used to determine disability. There are too many 100% SC veterans, who have been denied by Social Security.

It seems each session, the House starts a resolution for an equivalency law that would mean 100% VA would entail 100% SSDI, and vice versa; but it always dies in the Ways and Means committee, never making it to a vote.

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