Veterans are afforded multiple benefits, depending on a litany of factors such as the date and place of the injury, the severity of the injury, etc. Veterans benefits run the gamut from providing money for home and end-of-life care to full on pensions. The vast majority of these benefits are provided to the veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Some benefits, however, have nothing to do with the VA. For instance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to everyone, not just veterans, on an as-needed basis.
Applicants must be 65 years old, blind or disabled. The applicant must essentially be indigent in that they must have very limited income and limited resources, such as personal property.
SSI benefits are generally bestowed on indigent individuals. There are certain guidelines applicants must meet in order to qualify for SSI benefits. Generally, the applicant must:
- Have less than $2,000 in resources ($3,000 if married);
- Own no more than 1 vehicle; and
- Own no more than 1 home, which is the applicant’s primary residence.
SSI benefits are completely separate from any and all VA benefits. It is possible a veteran could draw both VA benefits and SSI benefits at the same time without a conflict. Indigent veterans may qualify for different benefits available through the SSI than are offered through their local VA. Speaking to an attorney that specializes in veterans benefits as well as Social Security benefits such as SSI can help you understand what programs you may qualify for.
Learn more about SSI benefits for indigent adults.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.