VA Claims Information
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
I have some suggestions for preparing to file for SSD. Some of these suggestions I discovered while helping my husband get his benefits. Others I found through exploring veteran websites.
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
On the last line, substitute the following---
'God for (Insert Your Name), United States, and Free Beer!'
Now to three other areas that need to be addressed:
Social Security relies on the Department of Labor Job descriptions when making its evaluation. Information about these descriptions can be found from three places.
BE WARNED!!!!!There could be more than one title that covers your specific job. When my husband filed, I discovered that five different job titles were part of what he was doing. Nowhere did I find his actual job title. It wasn't mentioned for his craft.
When you get on their website, go to 3 under "Ways to use the Occupational Outlook Handbook" OR use the Search Box to look up a specific occupation.
As SkinnyCat has written on VBN, "An Residual Function Capacity (RFC) Form is one of the most powerful documents to add to your evidence in an SSDI claim."
Here is a link to his topic that explains:
and another site:
Take some time to study this. It will give you ideas on what you need when writing up your own report. He has done a very nice job and it should help you in your own report.
This is a site created to help not only veterans but anyone going through the SSD system. I have found it to be very helpful.
The red words are direct from O*Net. The words in black are the explanations and information you give to address each aspect. Do this for ALL of your occupations and their duties, skills and knowledge that are affected by your disabilities.
49-9051.00 - Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Because of my problems with my knees and feet, climbing is not very safe anymore. I have pain as I try. My high blood pressure is also affected.
I am no longer able to use my shoulders and arms to do this aspect of the job. I have no strength in them.
I can no longer grasp and twist since there is no strength in the arms any more.
Dr. What Ofit 6/22/2001
Iona Ford 7/16/2001
By preparing in advance information on how your disabilities impact your jobs, you can submit your documentation and explanations when you go in for your interview. This will hopefully help the process since you have taken the time to explain why you are unable to perform your occupations.