Disabled military service members have access to both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Affairs benefits like Compensation or Pension.
In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers members of the armed forces an expedited process: If your disabling injury occurred while serving in active military service on or after October 1, 2001, you are eligible to apply for this fast-tracked process.
The expedited claims option applies regardless of where the disability first took form, so Iraq War veterans, soldiers deployed in Afghanistan, and men and women serving on US military bases all have access to the same program.
How SSDI and Veterans Affairs Benefits Interact:
In addition, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers disability benefits independently from the SSA. They both require separate applications and do not necessarily cancel each other out.
There are multiple types of benefits available for veterans through both SSA and Veterans Affairs. Some of those benefits do not look at your income level at all but look instead at your military service and type of disability.
Others like Non-service Connected/Pension benefits do take your income into consideration. When applying for benefits that require low income for eligibility, you may receive benefits from one organization and not another.
Legal Help for Veterans Seeking Disability Benefits:
Veterans who apply for Social Security disability benefits and are denied have a short window in which to appeal. As you can see, disability claims can be confusing, and having an attorney work with you through the appeal process can make a big difference.
As a Vietnam Veteran and former United States Marine Corps officer, I take veterans benefits very seriously and want to help in any way I can. My law firm in Memphis offers a discount to men and women who have served or are currently serving with the military.
We can manage your Social Security appeals process so that you get the compensation you need to help with your disability.
Let us know if you need legal help and want to take advantage of this option.
– Darrell Castle