Serving in the United States military is a bold and courageous thing to do. These men and women, many of whom live and serve in Florida, put their safety and well-being in jeopardy for the betterment of our country. Even those who are merely preparing for military conflict via training exercises can find themselves facing serious injuries. In some instances, these injuries can be so significant that they interfere with an individual’s ability to work and earn a wage. When this happens, he or she may qualify for Social Security disability compensation.
The range of qualifying disabilities for veterans and active military members is rather large. Physical injuries, such as chronic joint pain, can certainly qualify, but so, too, can emotional conditions such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. The key to recovering benefits is showing the Social Security Administration that one’s condition is severe enough to meet the requirements to be deemed a “disability.”
However, for veterans and active military personnel, disability can be shown in increments, starting at 10 percent. Therefore, an individual need not be totally disabled before recovering benefits. This means that if the amount of work an individual is able to complete is affected by his or her medical condition, and that condition meets the definition of an acceptable disability, then compensation equivalent to the amount of disability may be awarded.
Successfully recovering these benefits is not guaranteed, though. Disabled individuals need to file a claim and present compelling legal evidence that supports their position. Failure to do so could result in a denied claim and the loss of much needed compensation. Thus, in an attempt to put forth the best case possible under the circumstances, an injured military member or veteran should think about seeking assistance form a qualified legal professional.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Disability Compensation,” accessed on Nov. 27, 2016