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Veterans: Check on Social Security Disability Benefits

| November 13, 2015

There’s no doubt that we, as Americans, owe a lasting debt of gratitude to our military veterans. As we celebrate Veterans Day, we are reminded that some of those who donned the uniform suffered irreparable harm. If you were wounded in war and bear the scars, or if you have been termed disabled following your military service, you may be entitled to Social Security (SSA) compensation in addition to any military benefits you receive.

Requirements

Eligibility requirements are not difficult, but SSA definitions of disability differ from Veterans Administration guidelines. Benefits are available for Wounded Warriors, in some instances, even if a U.S. Veteranpreviously declared disability improves, as well as for those veterans who have a VA disability rating of 100 percent P&T, meaning “permanent and total.” The SSA test for disability benefits requires that a person be unable to perform substantial work due to a medical condition and that such a condition has or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

In some cases, however, even if a previously substantiated disability improves, you may still be eligible for benefits. Retroactive payments are also authorized under specific conditions.

Social security benefits are separate from and in addition to any military or veteran payments, and they always require a separate application. Because they are administered by local offices, the requirements may also vary from one state to another. But, the processing can be expedited for military service veterans.

Let us Help You

If you have questions about your eligibility for benefits, we at Morgan & Morgan can offer advice and clarification. We have a profound respect for our country’s veterans, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. With a long history of helping Georgia citizens obtain disability benefits, we know that more than 60 percent of initial SSA applications are rejected. While as a Wounded Warrior, your situation may be well-defined, negotiating the process might require some help. At the least, we can offer initial advice and help you get started on the path toward securing the benefits that you and/or your family so richly deserve.

If you have any questions about the benefits that you are entitled to receive for your service, please contact us to schedule a free consultation. In this small way, we will do our best to support you.

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