Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can mean all the difference for those who are disabled or injured and unable to work. No one should have to wait unnecessarily for benefits, particularly those who have suffered injury while serving their country. Fortunately, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) offers expedited processing of social security disability claims for military service members who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.
Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not necessarily prevent someone from receiving SSD benefits. A service member or veteran may apply for SSD benefits at any time while in military status or after discharge. Likewise, it does not matter if someone is currently in a rehabilitation program or undergoing treatment in a military or civilian medical facility.
Note that disabled veterans are also eligible for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In fact, if a veteran's disability is service-related, he can collect disability benefits from the VA and SSD benefits at the same time without a reduction in the money and benefits received.
Contact an Experienced SSD Attorney
If you or someone you love is considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact an experienced SSD attorney. A knowledgeable SSD lawyer can assess your case and give you the guidance you need to successfully navigate the process. For more information, contact an attorney today.
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