Georgia has many residents who served the nation in the Armed Forces. As part of their duties, many were required to take part in combat or engage in risky activities that resulted in injuries. If these individuals are unable to work because of war-related injuries or veterans’ injuries, it is important to understand what a “service connected” disability is. Veterans and Social Security disability claims can be complicated and having legal advice can help get approved.
If the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decides that a former service member is disabled because of an injury or illness that happened or was made worse while they served, they can get disability benefits. Since it happened while they were serving, it will be considered “service connected.” To get compensation, the former service member is required to have been discharged or separated from the military. They cannot get benefits if there was a dishonorable discharge.
The disability itself and its severity will determine how much the person can receive. Some veterans who are severely disabled can get special monthly compensation (SMC). These benefits are not subject to taxation. If a veteran’s disability rating is a minimum of 30 percent, there can be extra allowances paid for their dependents. The number of dependents will determine how much more they can get. There are various programs that can provide extra benefits in addition to their disability payments. An example is the Department of Defense (DoD) program of Additional Benefits for Eligible Military Retirees Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP). This program allows VA disability payments and military retired pay.
There are many medical conditions – physical and mental – that warrant the approval of SSD claims because of service injuries. Those who suffered any condition, injury or illness due to their service should understand the details of making a “service connected” disability claim. An experienced Social Security disability law firm can help with the case and maximizing benefits.