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How does a veteran qualify for SSD benefits?

Suffering a disabling injury or illnesses is very impactful. And for many veterans in Georgia, living with a disability after combat or serving can be difficult. This is especially true if one is deemed 100% permanent and total. For these veterans, it is not only possible to receive veterans' benefits but also Social Security disability benefits as well.

How can veterans get SSD benefits for mental illness?

The courageous veterans fighting for our country may come home to Georgia with serious physical injuries and mental illness, including PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety. Fortunately, many veterans are eligible for disability compensation through Veterans' Affairs (VA) or the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Veterans seeking SSD benefits need legal help

There are many veterans who live in Georgia. Those who served their country and suffered injuries of any kind - mentally and physically - while they were in combat often have trouble adapting to the civilian life and getting beyond their injuries and conditions sufficiently to hold a regular job. With the number of veterans who are experiencing a multitude of problems that escalate to the point where they are homeless and in need of treatment they are not getting, it is imperative to understand how to get Social Security disability benefits based on their status as a disabled veteran. Since it can be confusing and complicated to get SSD benefits in any case, having legal help can make the difference.

What should I know about war-related injuries and SSD claims?

Georgia has many military veterans who provided service to their country and went to dangerous areas as part of their duties. Unfortunately, some of these brave men and women suffered war-related injuries. In some cases, these veterans' injuries were so severe that they are unable to work. This is when it is important to understand how the Social Security Administration handles veterans and Social Security disability.

The SSA can expedite 100 percent disability claims for veterans

Veterans with disabilities connected to their service may qualify for disability benefits depending on the severity of their disability. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will assign a rating, ranging from 0 percent to 100 percent, to veterans applying for benefits based on how much the disability impacts the veteran's ability to work. Veterans who receive VA benefits may still be entitled to Social Security disability benefits, and those with a VA compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total (P&T) may be entitled to expedited Social Security disability benefits.

What is a "service connected" disability claim?

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.

What is a 'service-connected' disability claim?

Many of our brave military men and women come back from serving our country with injuries or illnesses incurred or aggravated during their time in service. These medical conditions are often considered "service-connected." Veterans with service-connected conditions are generally eligible for non-taxable disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs unless the veteran was dishonorably discharged.

Can one receive both veterans' benefits and SSD benefits?

Disabled veterans in Georgia and across the United States often come back home after serving our country to find that their injury or illness keeps them from working. Fortunately, the Veterans Administration and Social Security Administration both offer veterans' benefits for military men and women who suffered a disability while serving our country.

Applying for SSD benefits as a veteran

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.

New updates for Georgia veterans

Veterans in Georgia and throughout the United States saw a lot of changes occur at the Department of Veterans Affairs and in Congress over the past couple of weeks. While their ultimate effect on veterans benefits and services remains to be seen, the changes represent movement in a bureaucracy often known for its glacial swiftness. The hope is that more veterans will ultimately receive the services and benefits they need more quickly and efficiently.

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