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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Voc rehab counselor wants me to apply for SSDI


I'm rated 100% for MDD non p&t. I have a letter from my voc rehab counselor stating that I can not work. I also have a letter from my psychiatrist and social worker stating that I can not work. What are the odds that I get approve?

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12 hours ago, jbasser said:

Buck gave you some good advice. If you apply for SSDI and you get denied you have to ask for reconsideration per SSA rules. At that time you are allowed to use an attorney to help with your claim. Now the fun begins. SSA uses a Blue Book or ratings book that has impairments and their severity. That is called listing level impairment. If you need one of these listed in the book you should be granted but it often takes an attorney and MD to put it together. SSDI also uses a five step process to determine your level of disability as it intertwines with the available occupations listed in the Voc Experts book of jobs.  My best advice is do not go this alone. Get help.


So I should look for a lawyer that specializes in SSDI?

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I agree with you Vetquest  some times they won't take the Dr letter,  but if this is a good letter and the Dr goes into detail as to why you can't work and declares you total disabled  they should take the letter and approve these benefits .

but  like you mention some times they don't  but later on they should,usually to get SSDI we need to appeal about 2 times  and then go see the Judge  90% of the time this is when your approved   but if denied  TWICE   I''d say this is the time you need to get a Attorney for help.

There are times when a Veteran has not work  say 10 years before he gets his VA Benefits...what this does is  he has not paid into the SSA System as for as having enough work credits  and the SSA denys him/her on that bases.

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On 11/12/2019 at 8:08 AM, Fearless said:

So I should look for a lawyer that specializes in SSDI?

Yes sir. But they cant take it until you have a denial in hand.

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Yes' all of that and all of the above/ ive heard many stories about ssa 'SSDI' some good and most difficult. And it all depends on the Judge and the Vocational expert how they see your records and can they find you doing a job of a ampule sealer(basically if they can find a job you can do then denied!) You can have ime, dbq's letter from cogressman you name it, what matters is your record has to be consistent to what you claim and any bumps in the road then the train stops. One very very important thing and that is get a lawyer if you don't know the law or don't want to know it very well. And find out what the EOL is like.. the end of life of your insurance with SSA ' yes when you apply for SSDI" if this is what your doing, from the time you submit that application you have 5 years and five years only before it expires and if your not approved by that time is up then there is no more left.

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