Many of our brave military men and women come back from serving our country with injuries or illnesses incurred or aggravated during their time in service. These medical conditions are often considered "service-connected." Veterans with service-connected conditions are generally eligible for non-taxable disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs unless the veteran was dishonorably discharged.
Millions of people each year receive insurance coverage through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. While some people have long careers and can choose when to retire, many people are forced out of work prematurely due to a severe illness and injury. Workers who are no longer able to work due to a medical condition have the option of filing for disability benefits through SSDI.
If you are suffering from a medical condition or injury that keeps you from working, you are not alone. Thousands of Americans of all ages suddenly find themselves physically or mentally incapable of supporting themselves and their families, and they may be unsure about what to do next. Fortunately, many disabled people who are unable to work can pursue Social Security disability benefits, issued by the Social Security Administration.
To qualify for disability benefits, you will need to accumulate a certain number of work credits, which can only be done by working in jobs covered by Social Security. The number of credits you need depends on how old you were when you suffered your disability. While younger workers can qualify for benefits with fewer credits, most people will have to earn at least 40 credits, and 20 of those credits must have been earned in the 10 years leading up to your disability.