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Wounded Warriors Receive Expedited Processing of Their Disability Applications

Posted Scott B. Cooper on May 07, 2014 in Social Security Disability

Were you injured while serving our country? Social Security provides disability benefits for Wounded Warriors. In fact, military service members who become disabled while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001, are able to receive expedited processing of their disability claim. These benefits are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and they require a separate application.

You can apply for disability benefits at any time over the course of your injury or illness. This means you could still be in the hospital, participating in a rehab program, or undergoing out-patient treatment.

Receiving SSDI Benefits as a Wounded Warrior

  • You must be unable to do substantial work because of your medical condition(s) and
  • Have a medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or can result in your death.

Don't let active duty status and receipt of military pay stop you from applying for Social Security disability benefits. You can't receive benefits if you are engaging in substantial work for pay or profit, but the actual work activity is the most important factor and not the amount of money you're receiving.

Although wounded warriors do receive expedited processing of their disability claim, it can still take quite a while to put the entire application together. It is very detailed and one small mistake could result in a denial of benefits. It is extremely smart to speak with a Social Security disability attorney before submitting your application so they are able to look things over and help you out. If you have already had your application denied, the SSDI attorneys at Schmidt Kramer may be able to help with your appeal.

Do you know someone in the military who was recently injured? Please share this article with them!