Service-Connected Veteran’s Disability Benefits
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY AND VETERANS BENEFITS
If you are receiving service-connected Veteran’s disability benefits, then you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. You could also be eligible for Medicare benefits.
Dianna Cannon is certified as a Social Security Disability attorney by the Veterans Administration. Contact or call us today at 800-732-2323 or 801-322-2121 to find out if we can help you maximize all of the benefits you deserve to receive.
SERVICE CONNECTED VETERAN’S DISABILITY BENEFITS
If the Veterans Administration finds you eligible for service-connected disability compensation, you may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. You are eligible for both benefits if you have service-connected VA benefits. Service-connected benefits range from $133 to $3,068 per month, depending on your VA disability rating and in order to be eligible for both VA disability benefits and Social Security Disability benefits, you must have “service-connected” VA benefits. If you receive “non-service connected” VA disability benefits, Social Security Disability benefits will be offset from VA benefits. In other words, you cannot receive the two benefits. Instead, the lower benefits subtracts from the higher benefit.
Many Veterans have disability due mental impairments. For instance, some veterans have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, and Anger Management Issues. Other mental impairments include Schizo-Affective Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Personality Disorder. The number of disability cases due to PTSD has nearly tripled in the last 10 years, from around 345,000 cases in fiscal 2008 to more than 940,000 cases in 2018. Service-connected PTSD benefits now make up 22 percent of all veterans receiving compensation benefits from the Veterans Administration. If you are a Veteran receiving service-connected disability payments, Social Security may find you eligible for disability benefits.
As a Veteran, your disability may be due to physical injuries from service. For example, you may have a back impairments, leg or arm injuries, hearing impairments, or the loss of a limb. In 2001, the rate of service-connected disability increased despite the overall decrease in the size of the veteran population. This increase coincides with the United States entering into the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since October 2001, the U.S. deployed over 1.64 million U.S. troops in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Because of advancements in military medicine, more service members survive their wounds, some with complex impairments, than in previous wars. The most recent Department of Defense Casualty Update shows over 52,000 service members have been wounded in action in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the study, Invisible Wounds of War, thousands of service members have been diagnosed with “invisible wounds” once they returned home. Disability benefits replace your income because you cannot work.
If you are a Veteran who qualifies for 100% service-connected disability benefits, the SSA will expedite your disability application. This means your SSD case should move through the review process more quickly. In order to help veterans, the SSA should evaluate your case shortly after you apply. After you file for benefits, the SSA will need your medical records as soon as possible. Submitting medical records quickly will improve the application waiting time.
HOW CAN YOU APPLY FOR SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY BENEFITS?
If you think you are entitled to service-connected VA benefits, but you do not know how to obtain them, please note that Veterans can apply for disability benefits by filling out VA Form 21-526EZ, APPLICATION FOR DISABILITY COMPENSATION AND RELATED COMPENSATION BENEFITS. If you have any of the following material, please attach it to your application:
- Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
- Dependency records (marriage & children’s birth certificates)
- Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports)
You can also apply online here: www.ebenefits.va.gov.