Social Security’s Wounded WarriorsPosted November 11, 2016 by Premier Disability Services, LLC® Every Veterans Day, the nation honors the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect our country and the freedoms we cherish. The Social Security Administration honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the support they deserve. A vital part of that is administering the Social Security disability program.
For those who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to for disability benefits. The “Wounded Warriors” website (link below) has answers to many commonly asked questions, and shares other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims. Benefits available through Social Security are different from those available from the Department of Veterans Affairs and requires a separate application.
An expedited process is available 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.
Learn more by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.
By: Thomas Klint of Premier Disability Services, LLC®