The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to individuals who are no longer able to work because of a mental or physical disability. However, it can be take a long time to get approved and start receiving these benefits. Most disability benefit claims are initially denied, which forces the applicant to appeal the decision, which can take an average of 19.5 months. No disabled individual deserves to wait this long—especially veterans, who have sacrificed so much for the country. Fortunately, it is possible to expedite disability benefits for veterans.
Expedited Processing For Veterans
Veterans with a VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total can expedite their application for Social Security disability benefits. Veterans can apply online, over the phone, via mail, or in person. Let the SSA know that you are a veteran with a 100% Permanent and Total rating when applying for disability benefits. You will also need to send your Veterans Affair notification letter to the SSA as proof of this rating. Once this information has been submitted, the SSA will know to rush your application through the approvals process.
Expedited Processing For Wounded Warriors
Veterans aren’t the only ones who can expedite their requests for disability benefits—active military members can, too. This option is available to all military members who became disabled on or after 10/1/2001, regardless of where the disability occurred. These wounded warriors will need to apply for Social Security disability benefits in the same way that other applicants do—either online, over the phone, through the mail, or in-person. Active service members should make it clear to the SSA that their disability occurred while they were on active duty. Doing so will alert the SSA that the application needs to be reviewed and processed quickly.
Meeting the SSA’s Disability Requirements
Active military members and veterans who qualify for expedited processing should never assume that their application for disability benefits will be automatically approved because of their military status. It’s important for both veterans and active military members to understand that they still need to meet the SSA’s definition of disabled in order to be approved for benefits.
Are you a disabled veteran or wounded warrior? If so, please call Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. today. Let our Social Security attorneys assist with the process of filing for Social Security benefits. With our help, you can finally get the benefits you deserve. Call 918-582-2500, toll free (800) 722-8880, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney.