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Matthew Breecher
Matthew Breecher, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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I was just awarded a 60% disability from the VA for Vietnam

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I was just awarded a 60% disability from the VA for Vietnam related injury's. Is there any chance SS will be adjusted due to this information?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Matthew Breecher replied 4 months ago.

First, the only impact additional benefits could have on your Social Security is under what is called the Windfall Elimination Provision. However, if you have 30 years of work history, this would not apply to any benefits regardless. Do you have 30 years of traditional W-2 wages?

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However, I think VA benefits might be exempt, let me check.

Expert:  Matthew Breecher replied 4 months ago.

Actually, in review of the Windfall Provision, it only applies to disabilities which happen after 1985. As you injury was from the Vietnam war, your disability occurred before 1985 and therefore these benefits are from a disability exempt from the Windfall Provision. Accordingly, you Social Security benefits will not be reduced by any disability award from the VA.

Expert:  Matthew Breecher replied 4 months ago.

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