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Veterans and Social Security disability

Our nation owes our veterans a great debt. The brave men and women who serve our military dedicate significant portions of their lives, putting their own well-being on the line to ensure the protection and betterment of not only our country, but of the people of the rest of the world, too. When these individuals return to civilian life and suffer from disabling physical and mental conditions, the least we can do for them is ensure that they have the financial resources needed to live a normal life.

The good news is that the Social Security Administration, via Social Security disability, provides expedited relief to veterans. This can be great news, given that many individuals seeking disability benefits ae facing extremely long wait times to have their claims heard and adjudicated. However, although veterans can have their claims expedited, they, too, must meet certain requirements in order to qualify for Social Security disability. More specifically, they must meet the federal requirements for being deemed "disabled."

There are many conditions that may qualify a veteran for benefits, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Those who suffer from PTSD or another disabling condition should be sure to keep their medical documentation and submit it to the Social Security Administration, as this, too, may help speed up the process.

Though the Social Security system may provide some benefits to veterans, it still isn't a guarantee that a veteran will be granted the benefits to which he or she feels he or she is entitled. This is why they need to be fully prepared, know the law, and present competent and persuasive arguments to support their position. Many Floridians find that the assistance of a legal professional can be quite beneficial in these matters.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Information for Wounded Warriors and Veterans Who Have A Compensation Rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T)," accessed on April 11, 2016

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