VETERAN’S DISABILITY BENEFITS
Veteran’s disability benefits, especially service-connected benefits, may help you receive Social Security Disability benefits. For example, if you are a Veteran who qualifies for 100% service-connected disability benefits, then the SSA should expedite your SSD application. This gives you a better chance of a quick decision from the SSA.
Also, SSA’s regulations state they must take into account any disability rating from the VA. Additionally, if you get SSDI benefits, then you can also get Medicare benefits. Medicare benefits are a form of health insurance to cover medical expenses. Find out more about Medicare benefits here.
Dianna Cannon is certified by the Veterans Administration to represent Veterans. She can represent veterans in their claims for service-connected veteran disability benefits. Most importantly, it is possible to obtain both SSDI benefits and VA service-connected benefits. Contact us. Or, call us today. Find out if we can help you get all of the benefits you deserve.
SOCIAL SECURITY AND VETERAN’S DISABILITY BENEFITS
If the Veterans Administration finds you eligible for service-connected compensation, you may also win Social Security Disability benefits. You are eligible for both benefits if you have service-connected VA benefits. VA benefits range from $133 to $3,068 per month. The amount of your monthly payments depends on your VA disability rating.
In order to be eligible for Veteran’s disability benefits and Social Security benefits, you must have “service-connected” VA benefits. If you receive “non-service connected” VA disability benefits, SSD benefits will be offset from VA benefits. In other words, you cannot receive the full amount of the two benefits. Instead, the lower benefit subtracts from the higher benefit.
MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS AND SSD BENEFITS
Many Veterans cannot work due to their mental condition. For instance, some veterans have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Depression. Other veterans may suffer from Anxiety Disorder and Anger Management Issues. Other mental impairments include Schizo-Affective Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Personality Disorder. All of these mental issues can keep you from working.
The number of PTSD cases has nearly tripled in the last 10 years. For example, in 2008 there were 345,000 cases. In 2018, there were more than 940,000 cases. Service-connected PTSD benefits now make up 22 percent of all compensation cases in the Veterans Administration. If you are a Veteran receiving service-connected disability payments, Social Security may also find you eligible for SSD benefits. This, however, is not guaranteed.
The SSA system is very different from the VA disability rating system. The VA’s rating system gives ratings for specific injuries and disabilities. SSA’s system, by contrast, is an all or nothing system. If you cannot work, then you are eligible for benefits. When SSA awards benefits they do so with the understanding that you will never work again. In the VA system, however, you can have a disability rating and still work. Despite these differences, you should still apply for both benefits.
PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENTS AND VETERAN’S DISABILITY BENEFITS
If you are a Veteran, then your disability may be due to physical injuries from service. For example, you may have a back impairment or leg or arm injuries. Additionally, you might have a hearing impairment or loss of a limb. In 2001, the rate of service-connected disability increased despite a 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. The most recent Department of Defense Casualty Update shows over 52,000 service members were 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 many Veterans have severe disabilities. 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 is 100% service-connected for disability benefits, then the SSA will expedite your SSD 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 to review your medical records. Find out more here about the importance of medical records in your disability case. Submitting medical records quickly will improve the application wait time.
The VA will usually give you your medical records for free. If you have medical records at different military bases, collect all of them. This includes your physical records and mental health records. Make sure to ask for all of your records. Because mental health records can be kept in different location than the records about your physical health.
HOW CAN YOU APPLY FOR SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY BENEFITS?
If you think you are entitled to service-connected VA benefits, then you can apply for disability benefits by filling out VA Form 21-526EZ.
This form is the APPLICATION FOR DISABILITY COMPENSATION AND RELATED COMPENSATION BENEFITS. If you have any of the following materials, then 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 at 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 medical condition to your time in service, then you will not receive service-connected VA benefits.
CANNON DISABILITY AND VETERAN’S DISABILITY BENEFITS
Veterans can contact us for free. We will answer your questions about service-connected disability benefits and Social Security Disability benefits. You can reach us through our website contact page. Or, call us by phone. We offer a free case review about your benefits.
This free review of your case includes your questions about Veterans benefits. We want you to get all of the benefits you deserve. In order to do this, we need to know about your or not you qualify under the rules.
Therefore, we will ask you questions about your time in the service. We will also ask you questions about your work history. This will help us know if you can get benefits under both programs. Likewise, we will also ask about your physical and mental conditions. We need to know when your condition began. Also, you will need to describe daily symptoms. Finally, we will need to understand how your illness stops you from working.
Even if you qualify for Veteran’s benefits, you may not automatically win SSD benefits. The two programs are very different. Eligibility for benefits is not the same in each program. However, don’t feel worried. Winning benefits is what we do. Therefore, we want you to take advantage of our free review of your case.
HIRE US FOR OUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
In the past 30 years, we have won millions of dollars in SSD benefits for our clients. Also, we have helped hundreds of veterans before the VA. You need a lawyer to help you through the benefits process. Contact us today. We can help you win your veteran benefits and your SSDI benefits.
If you want to learn more about Cannon Disability’s representative, then you can go to our About Us page. For example, Andria Summers can help you with your Medicare plan. She has also won thousands of SSD and SSI cases. Dianna Cannon has been representing clients in court for over thirty years. Brett Bunkall also has years of experience helping people obtain their SSI and SSDI benefits. We are Social Security experts. You can trust us to help you receive benefits.
In the past 30 years, we have won over 20,000 SSDI and SSI cases for our clients. Also, we help our clients optimize their Medicare benefits. Our experts can help you apply for SSD benefits using SSA’s website.
Likewise, if you need an appeal, we can help you do that too. There are also many forms you will need to fill out. But, don’t worry. If you have questions about these forms, we will answer them. You can learn more about SSA’s appeal forms here. Call us for free today.
CANNON DISABILITY WANTS TO HELP YOU WIN VETERAN’S DISABILITY BENEFITS
Cannon Disability Law is one of the best SSD law firms in the western United States. Our firm is listed as one of the best Social Security Disability firms in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are also in the top three Utah SSD law firms. Learn more about Utah SSD benefits here. Nevada Disability Information can also be found on this website.
We offer a free review of your case. And, we do not charge you any upfront money to hire us. This is known as a contingency fee. It means if we win, you pay us out of your back benefits. If we do not win your case, then you do not pay an attorney fee. How much is the fee? It is 25% of your back benefit. However, the fee is capped at $7200. And, 25% is usually less than the maximum attorney fee cap. You will pay whatever is the lesser amount when we win your case.
In the last 30 years, Cannon Disability has won over 20,000 SSD and SSI hearings for our clients. Additionally, we have won over $100 million in ongoing and back due benefits for our clients. During our time in business, the SSA has changed their rules. We believe it has become more difficult to win Social Security and VA cases.
If you are going to go through the benefit process, then start your application with the help of an attorney. Don’t go to your hearing without a lawyer. Hire an attorney with experience. We will do our best to help you win veteran’s disability benefits.