Eligibility requirements for veteran’s disability benefits and social security disability benefits are different. While you may qualify and receive benefits concurrently, the determination of eligibility for one program does not necessarily translate into eligibility for the other. For example, veteran’s benefits can be awarded on partial disability according to a percentage rating whereas social security benefits are only awarded for individuals that are unable to perform substantial gainful work activity.
Substantial gainful work (SGA) is a maximum amount of income an individual can earn in a month which is set by the Social Security Administration. The monthly SGA amount for 2015 is $1090. If you are unable to work at a substantial level and are receiving Veteran’s disability benefits you may qualify for disability benefits through Social Security.