Many of the brave men and women who serve in the various branches of the American military are often left with disabilities as a result of their service. Such disabilities may hinder their ability to find jobs in the private sector once their military service is over. Thus, many of thee veterans, some of whom live right here in St. Louis, find themselves in need of financial assistance in order to meet their basic needs. Fortunately for them, a new collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will soon make the process of applying for disability benefits much easier.
Beginning this March, the SSA will initiate a new expedited process for veterans aimed at shaving time off of an approval process that has been known in the past to take years for some applicants to receive approval. Under the new policy, if a veteran is deemed to be 100% disabled by the VA, his or her application will be “fast tracked” through the SSA disability benefits evaluation process. While this new initiative doesn’t guarantee approval, it will help those waiting to hear if they qualify for benefits by getting them that response much faster.
This new policy is not the first attempt by lawmakers to help expedite the disability benefit approval process. Yet recent initiatives proposed to help improve the Social Security Disability benefit program’s approval process seem to be gaining more traction as bipartisan support of these proposals continues to grow. Those veterans hoping to take advantage of this new policy may wish to speak with a Social Security attorney for more information.
Source: The Baltimore Sun “Social Security to expedite veteran disability claims” Yvonne Wenger and John Fritze, Feb. 18, 2014