Veterans disabled due to an injury or condition related to their military service may not only be entitled to benefits provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), but also may be able to receive Social Security Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). But numerous disconnects between the two organizations have resulted in reports of disabled veterans struggling to receive their benefits.
To correct this problem, officials from the two organizations recently announced a new plan to expedite processing of Social Security Disability claims filed by disabled veterans. According to a press release from the Department of Defense, soldiers and veterans deemed 100 percent disabled by the VA will have their claim for Social Security Disability funneled into a streamlined processing system. Officials add that expedited processing does not guarantee approval, but it will significantly cut the amount of time it takes for decisions to be reached.
The move is expected to benefit tens of thousands of disabled veterans.
The Appleton Social Security Disability lawyers at Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Burkham are aware of the complexities of the rules that oversee the processing of Social Security Disability claims and are here to help if you are considering applying for disability benefits.