As a veteran, you have made sacrifices in service to our country and you
deserve access to every benefit you have earned. If you suffered an injury
which caused permanent disability as a result of military service, you
may be able to collect disability benefits through the Department of Veteran’s
Social Security Disability (SSD). However, the process for securing compensation can be far from
straightforward, leaving many confused as to their options. Below, our
blog answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Social
Security Disability options for veterans.
Frequently asked questions about veterans and SSD benefits include:
Are veterans eligible to collect both veterans and SSD benefits concurrently? Yes. Veterans may collect both benefits simultaneously. While both programs
pay disability benefits, their processes and requirements differ greatly.
You must apply for each benefit separately and approval for one program
does not necessarily affect approval for the other. Additionally, the
qualifying disability must have occurred as a direct result of military service.
Can family members receive benefits? Yes. Unmarried children may be eligible for benefits if they are (1) younger
than 18 years old or (2) older than 18 with a qualifying disability. Spouses
may qualify if they are (1) older than 62 or (2) care for a young child
or child with a disability.
Are there unique benefits available for veterans? Yes. Veterans who were injured while on active duty may apply for expedited
service, allowing their applications to be processed more quickly. Veterans
whose injury occurred on or after October 1, 2001, may be eligible for
How long will it take before I know if I am approved? Just as each applicant has a unique story, the amount of time a decision
may take will be different for every situation. Factors such as the nature
of your injuries, needed medical evidence, and the applicant’s preparedness
can all affect the time a claim takes to process.
Fair and Timely Compensation for Disabled Veterans
The application process for both Veterans and SSD benefits can be tremendously
complex, however, you do not have to navigate this process alone. Whether
you want to contest the denial of a claim or are just beginning the application
process, Disability Action Advocates can help. Our
Sacramento Social Security disability attorneys possess more than two decades of experience helping injured veterans get
the compensation that they deserve.
Questions about your SDD claim? Call (888) 421-8705 and speak to an attorney
about your legal options.