Veterans and Social Security Disability by the Numbers

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Social Security Disability Statistics

As of May 2016, the Social Security Administration pays Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to the following:

  • 8,884,000 disabled workers
  • 1,760,000 children of disabled workers
  • 139,000 spouses of disabled workers
  • In 2014, 32.5 percent of disabled workers were between 60 and 64.
  • The average disability benefit for a worker in 2014 was $1,290.20 for a man and 1,031.90 for a woman.

The most prevalent type of disability for workers and widow(er)s is musculoskeletal system and connective tissue disabilities. For adult children, it is intellectual disability.

In 2013 the SSA made the following decisions on disabled worker benefit claims:

  • 20.9 percent approved with initial claim
  • 1.6 percent approved after reconsideration
  • 0.7 percent approved after hearing by appeals council
  • 22.1 percent denied for medical reasons
  • 36.7 percent denied for technical reasons

Veterans Disability Statistics

The number of veterans collecting disability benefits for a service-connected disability is increasing. In 2012, 3.5 million veterans received benefits. That number increased to 3.7 million in 2013. The breakdown of disability ratings was as follows:

  • 1.3 million disabled at 0-20 percent
  • 749,531 disabled at 30-40 percent
  • 572,421 disabled at 50-60 percent
  • 1.1 million disabled at 70-100 percent

Female veterans make up a significant portion of veterans receiving disability benefits. In 2009, 243,632 female veterans were receiving benefits.

Post-9/11 veterans have a higher rate of disability, 32 percent, compared to 17.4 percent of other veterans.

More male post-9/11 veterans have a service-connected disability than female post-9/11 veterans, but by a small margin.

  • 32.2 percent of male post-9/11 veterans have a service-connected disability
  • 30.7 of female post-9/11 veterans