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Will my civilian Soc. Sec. Disability status exempt me from MST compensation?

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Hi,

I am currently on civilian Soc. Sec. Disability and want to get feedback if my status of SSD will be held against me or exclude from being awarded compensation for MST if I file a claim?  Any feedback on my SSD status being held against me in the C&P exam?

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Hey, me again. As far as I know SSD/I and VA comp do not cancel each other out. So...in your case, it may well make it easier. Other Vets have used their SSD to show they can't work and used that as the keystone for UI or P&T or something of that nature.

My twin brother got his SSD before being awarded UI. So...you should be just fine with it. I wish you all the best, times 100 and again.

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Thank you!  My SSD is based on a medical condition and anxiety, but 90 medical vs 10 mental health I think is how they explained it.  If they pulled my mental health records for the SSD rating there would be no mention of my MST as I rarely told anybody...not even my own therapist.   Not sure if that's good or bad...seems like a C & P examiner would judge me in that if I am not working already why would they take my ability to work into consideration for a higher rating??

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As far as I know, the SSD would be proof of your reduced ability to work, and would play in your favor. From what some here have said, one often helps the other.  I hope that this will actually be like your "golden ticket". The examiner only examines you here and now, the RO is supposed to weigh the evidence accordingly. And if you already are on SSD, it can only play in your favor.

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