Program distinctions between Social Security Disability “SSDI” and Veterans Disability Compensation “VDC”

Distinctions between the SSDI and VDC programs make it possible for even a 100% disabled veteran to be denied SSDI coverage. VDC does not require total impairment before benefits can be awarded, nor does VDC require a claimant to be unable to work unless the claimant receives IU compensation. The average monthly VDC payment of $2,673 is more than twice that of the average $1,064 payment received by SSDI beneficiaries. Veterans who receive compensation under both programs, are not subject to any offset of one benefit against the other (CRS Order Code R41289, June 17, 2010).

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