In certain circumstances, veterans may be able to obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. They may also be able to receive expedited processing of their claim for disability benefits. Because of the importance of SSD benefits, it is helpful for veterans and their families to be familiar with how they can obtain disability benefits when needed.
Understanding disability benefits for veterans
Social Security Disability benefits may be available to veterans who have a Veterans Affairs Compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T) disability. For veterans who find themselves in that position, the Social Security Administration may be able to expedite their claim for disability.
In addition, however, for a veteran to receive disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, they need to meet the SSA’s requirements for disability which includes that they suffer from a disabling medical condition that prevents them from performing an substantial work and is expected to last for a year or longer or result in death. Veterans who apply for SSD benefits, and have a 100% Permanent & Total (P&T) rating, may receive expedited processing of their claim for disability benefits.
In general, the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can take a long time which is why understanding when and how a claim for Social Security disability benefits for veterans can be expedited is helpful information to have. Disabled veterans should also be familiar with what medical conditions may qualify them for disability benefits, who may qualify and how to provide medical evidence of their claim for disability benefits. All of this information can better prepared veterans and their families for the application process for the Social Security Disability benefits they need.