Some veterans leave active-duty military service with physical and mental disabilities that prevent them from working. While any disability which is proven to be service-connected would qualify a veteran to receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), former servicemembers may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) regardless of whether their impairment is service-related, as long as they can prove that it prevents them from working.
If you are living with a disability, service-related or otherwise, you could be entitled to receive SSDI benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). In fact, you might be entitled to an expedited review of your SSDI application. Talk to a Fulton County veterans’ SSDI benefits lawyer at our firm to learn more.
There are two important qualifications for SSDI that every applicant – veterans and otherwise – must meet to receive monthly benefits. The first is that the disabling condition must prevent you from working. The SSA provides a list of impairments that commonly qualify for SSDI, and unlike VA benefits, SSDI does not require a disability to be service-related to qualify.
The second requirement for SSDI eligibility involves work credits. Work credits represent time an individual maintained full-time employment prior to becoming disabled. The older person is, the more work credits they need to qualify, and vice versa.
One of the important advantages that veterans may be eligible for when filing for SSDI benefits is expedited claim processing. Sometimes referred to as “fast-tracking,” veterans with severe disabilities could see their SSDI claims expedited. This means the SSA will treat the claim as a priority, pushing it through the process to reach a decision as fast as possible. While expediting the process does result in a faster decision, it does not guarantee a successful claim. A disability representative in Fulton County can assist former servicemembers with obtaining a favorable outcome during the SSDI application process.
Not every disabled veteran will qualify for expedited SSDI processing, though. Only former servicemembers with a 100 percent disability rating from the VA are entitled to fast-tracked SSDI claim processing. To take advantage of expedited review, a veteran must indicate on their application that they received a 100 percent rating for the disability in question. This includes providing a copy of the notification letter sent from the VA. The end result could be a process that takes weeks instead of months.
It is not uncommon for veterans who receive monthly VA benefits to also qualify for SSDI based on an inability to work. If you are a disabled veteran, it may be in your best interests to discuss your right to recover Social Security benefits with a local advocate for the disabled.
Our Fulton County veterans’ SSDI benefits lawyers are experienced in helping disabled former servicemembers collect the Social Security compensation they’re entitled to. Call today for a private consultation.