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Wounded Warriors receive faster processing on their SSD claims

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After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Wounded Warrior Project launched. According to the project site, more than 64,000 people and 9,500 family members have participated in the program, which aids in recovery and rehabilitation.

As a Tennessee disability lawyer knows, part of that recovery process may include securing funding through government benefits. Fortunately, the government expedites Social Security Disability claims for Wounded Warriors.

Benefits available

According to the Stars and Stripes, Social Security will process military claims quickly for veterans who have a disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total, as well as for Wounded Warriors. These benefits differ from those provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs. It should also be noted that the Veterans Administration 100 percent disability rating does not guarantee the veteran will be approved for SSD benefits. It only gives them an extradited process.

There are two types of Social Security benefits available to military members. Social Security Disability insurance will pay benefits to the military member and certain family members. Wounded Warriors may also apply for Supplemental Security Income, which is provided based on financial need.

Qualifications

As a Tennessee disability lawyer may suggest, Wounded Warriors can apply for benefits for a current or past disability. To be eligible for a current injury, the condition must prevent the person from doing substantial work. Additionally, the condition must be expected to have lasted or that it will last for at least a year, or the condition must be expected to result in death.

Some veterans may qualify for a past disability so long as the condition prevented at least 12 months of an inability to work. Further, the application must be filed within 14 months of the end of the disability. Only 12 months of retroactive benefits will be available for cases that qualify.

The application process

People who wish to apply for military Social Security Disability can do so at any time either online, via mail or telephone, or at a Social Security office. The applicant will need to present documentation regarding age, employment, citizenship, disability and treatment. A birth certificate, military discharge form (if applicable), W-2 or proof of military pay are usually necessary as well.

While Social Security will expedite the claims processing for qualifying military members, the actual time it takes to receive benefits will vary. The nature of the disability and any follow-up information that is needed can affect the length of time. The agency notes that applicants can speed up the process by doing the following:

  • Notifying the SSA of any address changes
  • Alerting the SSA as soon as a disability occurs
  • Providing information for every doctor that was seen as well as the address of the location where the applicant's medical records are kept

Military members applying for Social Security benefits follow a different process than other applicants. Anyone with questions regarding this matter should consult with a Tennessee disability lawyer.

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