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Can veterans receive Social Security disability benefits?

Veterans may qualify for Social Security disability benefits and may also receive expedited claims processing but may wonder how. Veterans who have a compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total disability may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. In addition, expedited claims processing may be available to veteran applicants who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, wherever they become disabled.

The Social Security Administration offers two types of disability benefits. One type is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) which disabled applicants can qualify for if they have paid into the program through their employment history and work years. Alternately, Supplemental Security Income is available to disabled applicants of limited income and resources who may lack the necessary work history to qualify.

In addition, to qualify for either type of disability benefits, the disabled applicant must be unable to work because of a physical or mental medical condition causing disability. The disability must also be expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death. Because eligibility for SSD benefits depends on the applicant's ability to work, and not the military pay they may receive, the Social Security Administration will evaluate the application of an applicant receiving military pay for eligibility in that circumstance so it is important for veterans to understand that they can apply.

How veterans and Social Security disability works can be important for military members and their families to understand because disability benefits can be important for the daily needs of service members and their families. Because there are a variety of complexities associated with military members applying for Social Security disability benefits, such as if they remain on active duty which does not necessarily or immediately preclude them from receiving benefits, it is helpful for veterans and their families to understand how to apply for and qualify for benefits.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Information For Wounded Warriors And Veterans Who Have A Compensation Rating Of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T)," Accessed June 21, 2017

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