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Can I receive Social Security disability as a military veteran?

Because Social Security disability benefits may be available to disabled veterans, it is important for them to understand what those options are, how to apply and how to obtain benefits. For Veterans and Wounded Warriors with a compensation rating of 100% P & T, some may receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims.

Expedited processing of a veterans' disability claim through the Social Security Administration and Social Security disability occurs when a military service member applies for disability benefits and became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the veteran became disabled. Social Security disability benefits are available for disabled individuals who have the necessary work history to have paid into the Social Security disability program.

According to the Social Security disability program, a disabled applicant must be unable to work because of a physical or mental medical condition that causes their disability. In addition, the disability must be severe enough to prevent them from working and must be expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death. Additional requirements related to an inability to perform similar or other work are also a part of the program.

It is important for Active Duty service members to understand that they may still be able to receive Social Security disability benefits. Applicants for disability must be unable to engage in substantial work for pay, however, military members on limited duty or in other circumstances may still be able to receive Social Security disability benefits which the Social Security Administration will evaluate them, and their work activity, or. Their work activity is the determining factor that will be considered. Because of the service to our country veterans have provided, and the challenges they may face if they have become disabled, it is important for them and their families to be familiar with the resources available to help the, including the Social Security disability program.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Information For Wounded Warriors And Veterans Who Have A Compensation Rating Of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T)," Accessed July 28, 2017

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