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Acquiring SSDI at 38


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Hi Hadit members!

I have a question for folks who have SSDI: how hard is it to get? I have read information about SSDI stating it is harder to get vs VA disability, especially if the person applying for it is under 40.

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

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Very. I'm a 100% disabled veteran rated p and t. I was about 38 when rated. I was denied SSDI, appealed with a lawyer, and still lost. According to the ALJ and the occupational person that was present chicken counting is still a thing and I could be doing it. Oh, and since I had in the past sought to increase benefits while having the gall to also sometimes not be working at the time, that meant I have a history of seeking out benefits. So, denied again. Funny, I am 100% with smcs but according to the judge "I feel happy....I feel happy...." 

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7 minutes ago, brokensoldier244th said:

Very. I'm a 100% disabled veteran rated p and t. I was about 38 when rated. I was denied SSDI, appealed with a lawyer, and still lost. According to the ALJ and the occupational person that was present chicken counting is still a thing and I could be doing it. Oh, and since I had in the past sought to increase benefits while having the gall to also sometimes not be working at the time, that meant I have a history of seeking out benefits. So, denied again. Funny, I am 100% with smcs but according to the judge "I feel happy....I feel happy...." 

I figured. I know a veteran who is 32 that is not service-connected but has SSDI.

He basically doesn’t shower and forgoes basic hygiene. He too, was denied at first but won his appeal.

I was thinking of obtaining a voc rehab letter before I apply for SSDI.

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I applied in September 2019 when my FERS disability retirement was approved and I just found out yesterday that I was denied benefits. I was disappointed but I expected it to be denied. I haven’t received the letter yet so I don’t know why I was denied.  
 

I’m 45 years old and I’m 100% P&T. I had a finance type job for CBP and my health declined so much over the last 3 years or so that I couldn’t even do a desk job anymore. My primary care doctor and my neurologist both wrote letters for my FERS disability retirement saying that with my conditions I could no longer work and there was no chance of me getting better. Since I can’t do a desk job anymore, I don’t know what SSA thinks I’m capable of doing. 
 

It’s very difficult to get approved for SSDI if you’re under 50 and SSA doesn’t care about the fact that a veteran is 100% P&T. The bar to get VA benefits is much lower than SSDI. 
 

 

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I was awarded SSDI before I was awarded IU PT for the exact same stuff from the VA and used my SSDI award to gain my IU PT from the VA, I did have an attorney and was awarded at my hearing fully favorable in Feb. of 2013 with a date of disability of Jan. of 2009 so max. amount of backpay from SS and then used that to gain IU PT.  The VA has always been a huge hassle for me, my attorney was very good not a crappy social security mill.  He told me that he had only seen twice in his career the judge award during he hearing and not make someone wait for the results.  Yes, it took a long time, ss makes you do the appeals and all that nonsense but I never even went to a examiner for social security, they used all my VA records and I never claimed any disability other than my service connected ones.  I was 37 in 2009.  I later had my IU PT increased to 100% PT.  The VA is more of a shit show imo than SS.  At least with SS they go to the date you were actually shown to be disabled by your records even if it does take time, the VA will screw you over in every way they can and do.

 

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3 minutes ago, seminoles said:

I was awarded SSDI before I was awarded IU PT for the exact same stuff from the VA and used my SSDI award to gain my IU PT from the VA, I did have an attorney and was awarded at my hearing fully favorable in Feb. of 2013 with a date of disability of Jan. of 2009 so max. amount of backpay from SS and then used that to gain IU PT.  The VA has always been a huge hassle for me, my attorney was very good not a crappy social security mill.  He told me that he had only seen twice in his career the judge award during he hearing and not make someone wait for the results.  Yes, it took a long time, ss makes you do the appeals and all that nonsense but I never even went to a examiner for social security, they used all my VA records and I never claimed any disability other than my service connected ones.  I was 37 in 2009.  I later had my IU PT increased to 100% PT.  The VA is more of a shit show imo than SS.  At least with SS they go to the date you were actually shown to be disabled by your records even if it does take time, the VA will screw you over in every way they can and do.

 

SSA will use VAMC records to help determine if someone qualifies for benefits.  VAMC records are just like an other medical records. They won't go off of what you VA ratings are because there is a much lower bar to receiving VA vs SSDI.  In my case, I haven't used the VAMC for medical care in years other than seeing an allergist there and getting allergy shots.  

I am 100% P&T and I was retired from the federal government on disability but turned down for SSDI.  I should get my denial letter in the mail today and I'm interested to see why it was denied.  I had a desk job working for CBP and if the federal government retired me on disability saying that I could no longer do that job then I don't know what kind of work SSA thinks I can do.  

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SS takes into account what your level of education is, what that degree is in, whether you can reasonable be accommodated to do it with your present disabilities, etc.  If and when you have a hearing I highly suggest you have an very good attorney.  There will be an occupational specialist who will testify about if and why you can or cannot perform all sorts of jobs.  Very few people are awarded SS without an exam by a social security examination unless they have the few automatic conditions that you are awarded SSDI or SSI for.  Most have to fight and go through the appeals process.  I have a feeling that your denial may be based upon your level of education and they will say you can still do "sitting" or "desk" work.

 

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