When one thinks of a veteran, the word “hero” comes to mind. Veterans have made great efforts to protect our country and some suffered devastating injuries in the process. Veterans may receive benefits for their service, but in many cases, these benefits are not nearly enough . Fortunately, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be available to those who have suffered war-related injuries. The Social Security program is separate from the VA disability compensation program, so any VA compensation does not affect SSD benefits.
Georgia veterans can apply for SSD benefits by completing an online application, calling a toll-free number or visiting their local Social Security office. Unlike Veteran’s benefits, the SSD program does not generally provide benefits on a temporary or partial basis.
It is also important to note that even veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total do not automatically qualify for SSD benefits. Veterans may only qualify if they meet the disability criteria under the Social Security Act. According to the criteria, a veteran may be found disabled if they are unable to do substantial work due to a severe condition that has lasted one year or more, is expected to last one year or more or expected to result in death.
Veterans are often concerned with how long the Social Security Administration (SSA) will take to make a decision on their veterans’ disability claim. Typically, the more serious a disability, the faster the SSA receives medical evidence, the quicker the decision-making process. For assistance, in speeding up the process, it may be in one’s best interests to contact an attorney that specializes in SSD benefits for veterans.