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VETERAN’S DISABILITY BENEFITS

Veteran’s disability benefits, especially service-connected benefits, may help you receive Social Security Disability. You could also be eligible for Medicare benefits. Dianna Cannon is certified by the Veterans Administration to represent Veterans in their claims for service-connected veterans disability benefits. It is possible to obtain both SSD benefits and service-connected disability benefits.  Contact or call us today to find out if we can help you maximize all of the benefits you deserve to receive.

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SOCIAL SECURITY AND 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.

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 full amount of the two benefits. Instead, the lower benefits subtracts from the higher benefit.

MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS AND SSD

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. All of these mental issues can become a disability if they are severe enough to prevent you from working.

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. This, however, is not a guarantee. The SSA disability system is very different than the VA disability rating system. Despite the differences, you should still apply for both benefits.

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENTS AND VETERANS 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. These numbers show that if you are a Veteran, you may have a severe physical disability. Therefore, you may not be able to work. Disability benefits replace your income because you cannot work.

WILL SOCIAL SECURITY EXPEDITE YOUR CASE IF YOU ARE A VETERAN?

If you are a Veteran who qualifies for 100% service-connected disability benefits, the SSA will expedite your disability application. The SSA calls this expedited review. 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. The VA will usually give you your medical records for free. If you have medical records at different military bases, get all of them. This includes your physical records and any mental health records. Make sure to ask for all of your records, because mental health records are sometimes kept in a different location.

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. Please remember that when you apply for service-connected disability benefits, your disability must have started when you were in service. If the VA cannot connect your injury or impairment to your time in service, then you will not receive VA benefits through service-connection.

CANNON DISABILITY AND VETERANS DISABILITY BENEFITS

Veterans can contact us for free about service-connected disability benefits and Social Security Disability benefits. Visit us online at our website contact page. Or, call us by phone at the above number. We offer a free consultation about what benefits you can obtain.

This free consultation includes your questions about Veterans benefits. We want you to maximize your benefits. That means obtain the most monthly payment that you can. In order to do this, we need to know about your eligibility. So, we will ask you questions about your Veterans benefits. We will also ask you questions about your work history. This will help us know if you are eligible under both programs. Likewise, we will also ask about your disability. We need to know when it began. Also, what your daily symptoms are. And, how they stop you from working.

Even if you qualify for Veteran’s benefits, you may not automatically win SSD benefits. The two programs are very different and eligibility and payment of benefits are not the same in each program. However, do not be discouraged. Winning disability benefits is what we do and we encourage you to take advantage of our free consultation. We want to be your disability legal team.

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