Veterans and Social Security Disability
An important resource that many veterans may not be aware of is the Social Security Administration’s Wounded Warrior website, which is found at: www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.
The Wounded Warriors site exists to answer questions about disability benefits for veterans and what returning military members need to do to receive expedited processing of their disability claims. The expedited process is used for military service members who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, no matter where the injury actually occurred.
One thing that’s important to mention is that the benefits available through the Social Security Administration are different than those available from the Department of Veterans Affairs and each requires its own application. In order to be eligible for federal and state veteran’s disability benefits, you must have been honorably discharged from active military service. If you were not honorably discharged, regardless of the reason, you will not be eligible for compensation.
If you suffer from any of the following common injuries that affect returning soldiers, consider contacting an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to discuss your next steps:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Radiation poisoning
- Cognitive disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Traumatic head injuries
- Chronic disorders
- Loss of hearing and vision
- Cushing’s syndrome
If you think you may be entitled to Social Security Disability or VA benefits and have questions, call The Law Offices of John T. Nicholson at 1-800-596-1533 for a free consultation today.