Social Security

If your disability is not service-connected or you are ineligible for VA disability benefits, you may be eligible for benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). In some cases, certain members of your family may also be entitled to receive benefits based on your disability. The SSA’s website provides information on eligibility for benefits, how to apply for benefits, and how to appeal if your application is denied: www.ssa.gov/disability. If you need legal assistance with a Social Security benefits appeal, please see Appendix E for a list of agencies that provide general legal assistance.