Too often, misinformation about how employment will affect income from SSI/SSDI discourages beneficiaries from pursuing their vocational goals. The new VA Income and Benefits Calculator offers a strong visual representation of how working while receiving SSI/SSDI and/or VA benefits is not only possible, but can be an integral part of maximizing income and housing stability.
We encourage members of the SOAR community to utilize the new Income and Benefits Calculator with Veterans and non-Veterans to:
Begin the conversation
Integrate the Calculator into your engagement strategies to help show that employment is possible while receiving SSI/SSDI
Encourage individuals who are applying for SSI/SSDI to also pursue their vocational goals and support them in these efforts
Explore what is possible
Use the Calculator to explore how starting work, increasing hours or pay, or saving money for vocational training will affect SSI/SSDI
Play around with different scenarios – the possibilities are endless!
Jen Elder, National Policy and Partnerships Coordinator at the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, provides a short walkthrough
of how to use each of the calculators. These key tips will help you quickly and easily start using the Calculator, to help those you serve maximize their income! A PowerPoint of the presentation
without the walkthrough is also available.
We’d love to share your feedback with the VA on how you might use this new tool! To provide feedback, email Jen Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org