When deciding a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) the Social Security Administration is required to take into account a disability decision made by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). Similarly, the VA is required to take into evidence a favorable decision with regard to Social Security benefits. The VA's regulations, however, are not as claimant friendly as the Social Security Administration's.
According to the Social Security Administration's own rules and regulations, a decision by any governmental agency about whether an individual is disabled or blind must be considered evidence. See 20 C.F.R. §404.1512(b)(5); see also Social Security Ruling 06-03p. While such evidence is not binding on the Social Security Administration, various Circuit Courts have helped determine the weight that should be given to favorable/unfavorable disability decisions. See 20 C.F.R. §404.1504. With regard to a veteran's disability rating from the VA, the Circuit Courts that have jurisdiction over 20 states and over Guam and Northern Mariana Islands have said that the Social Security Administration must give them evidentiary weight.
For veterans living in Georgia, Alabama, or Florida, the 11th Circuit Court held that a VA decision rating a veteran's disability is entitled to "great weight". See Brady v. Heckler, 724 F.2d 914, 921 (11th Cir. 1984).