Starting March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA compensation
rating of 100% permanent and total (P&T) may receive expedited
processing of applications for Social Security disability
What do I need to know about the VA and Social Security
Both Social Security and VA pay disability benefits. However,
their programs, processes, and criteria for receiving benefits
are very different.
A VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total does not
guarantee that you will receive Social Security disability
benefits. To be approved for Social Security benefits, you must
meet Social Security’s definition of "disability." We consider
you disabled under Social Security rules if:
You cannot do work that you did before;
We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your
Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least
one year or to result in death.
If you receive VA compensation, this will not affect your Social
As a veteran rated 100% P&T, how do I receive expedited
processing for Social Security disability benefits?
First, you must apply for Social Security disability benefits.
You can do this in one of three ways:
your application online;
Call our toll-free telephone number,
you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call us at TTY
Call or visit
your local Social Security office.
If you want to apply in person, please call and make an
appointment before you visit your local office.
What should I do to receive expedited processing of my Social
Security disability application?
To receive expedited processing, you must:
Identify yourself as a “veteran rated 100% P&T” when you
apply for benefits.
If you apply in person or over the phone, please tell the Social
Security representative you talk to that you are a veteran rated
If you apply online, please enter “Veteran 100% P&T” in the
“Remarks” section of the application so that we can identify you
and expedite your application.
Provide your VA Notification letter which verifies your
100% P&T rating to Social Security.
How long does the process take?
The length of time it takes Social Security to make a disability
decision depends on several different factors, but primarily on:
The nature of your disability;
How quickly we obtain medical evidence from your doctor or other
medical sources; and
Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination in
order to obtain evidence to support your claim.
You can help speed up the process by having the needed
information on hand when you apply. Please go to
Information You Need To Apply For Disability Benefits for
What about Medicare?
If your application for Social Security disability benefits is
approved, you will receive Medicare coverage automatically after
you have received disability benefits for 24 months.