This coming Monday, May 27, 2019, we celebrate Memorial Day. While many Americans are excited for the long weekend, it is important to remember the roots of the holiday. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
To further honor and assist our veterans, the Social Security Administration provides expedited processing to military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.
Even active duty military members who continue to receive payment while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they are unable to work due to a disabling condition. Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Although a person cannot receive Social Security disability benefits while engaging in substantial work for pay or profit, receipt of military payments should never stop someone from applying for disability benefits from Social Security.
See more here: https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/ww.html
By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®