SSDI Benefits for Military Members

SSDI Benefits for Military Members

Were you injured while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces? If so, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, which are different than the benefits you would receive from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Since these benefits are not the same, each requires a separate application.

The Social Security Administration provides “expedited processing” for members of the U.S. military. So, if you were disabled during active duty on October 1, 2001 or any date thereafter, you would be entitled to expedited processing, regardless if you were injured on U.S. soil or abroad.

Social Security Benefits for Wounded Warriors

While the Social Security Administration pays disability benefits through the Social Security Disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, it is the Social Security Disability insurance program that applies to wounded warriors.

In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled,” which generally means you have a disabling medical condition that it is expected to last at least 12 months, or result in death.

Your medical condition must be severe enough that it prevents you from doing the work you did before, and it must be keep you from engaging in any other type of work as well.

While some programs, for example, workers’ compensation, provides compensation to disabled workers who are expected to recover in a short timeframe – that is NOT the case with Social Security Disability.

Once you file for SSDI benefits, you must wait five months before you can receive your first payment, providing you are approved for disability benefits.

The good news is that the SSA allows wounded warriors to receive up to one year of retroactive benefits from the date that they file their application with the SSA. You will have to wait 5 months to receive your benefits, but you can be compensated for those months that you had to wait.

Are you interested in applying for disability benefits? If so, you can apply at any time, whether you are in active military status or you’ve already been discharged.

To learn more about applying for disability, contact a Dallas Social Security Disability attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC!