A misunderstanding exists that veterans cannot receive both Social Security disability and Veterans' disability benefits at the same time. This is not true. A veteran can receive both Social Security disability and service connected Veterans' disability benefits at the same time.
The misunderstanding occurs because both the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans' Affairs have two types of disability benefits. Both government agencies have one disability benefit program that analyzes a veteran's income and resources when determining eligibility and another disability benefit program that does not.
Through the Social Security Administration a veteran can be awarded Social Security Disability (also called SSDI, Disability, Disability Insurance benefits or Title 2 benefits) and/or Supplemental Security Income (also called SSI or Title 16 benefits).