As of March 2014, the Social Security Administration launched a new initiative that would expedite the processing of disability claims filed by veterans who have a U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T).
The Social Security and Veterans Affairs programs both pay disability benefits to those who qualify; however, their processes and their criteria for receiving benefits are different. Having a Veterans Affairs compensation rating of 100% P&T does not necessarily guarantee that one will receive Social Security Disability benefits. In order to receive SSD benefits:
- You must have a severe impairment that will last at least one year or result in death.
- Your impairment must be severe enough that you are physically incapable of performing any substantial work.
Note: If you are receiving Veterans Affairs compensation, fortunately this will not affect your Social Security benefits.
Q: How is my disability claim expedited?
A: Once you have been identified by Social Security as a veteran rated 100% P&T, your claim will be treated as a high priority and it will be rushed through the application process in their field offices, and the state Disability Determination Services, along with the various levels of appeals.
Q: How long will it take to process my application?
A: The length of time it will take to arrive at a decision will depend on a variety of factors including the nature of your disability, how quickly they obtain medical evidence from your medical providers, and whether you will need a medical examination to support your claim.
Q: Is there anything I can do to expedite the process?
A: If you want to expedite the above process, it will help if you have all of the required documentation on hand when you apply.
Q: Can my family receive benefits?
A: Certain eligible family members may qualify for benefits, including your spouse if he or she is 62 or older; your spouse at any age if he or she is taking care of children under the age of 16 or disabled; your minor children; and an unmarried disabled child 18 or over, providing their disability started before the age of 22.
Wounded veteran? Contact Disability Action Advocates today!
The effects of serving in the military can be profound and life-altering. Some wounded veterans who have a compensation rating of 100% P&T are unaware that Social Security may be able to expedite the processing of their claim.
At Disability Action Advocates,
fought for veterans for over 17 years and we would be honored to help you. We are up-to-date on the recent changes in the processing of veterans' applications and we can help you ensure that you gather the documentation necessary to streamline the application process.
Contact DAA to schedule a free consultation with a Sacramento Social Security Disability attorney!