Many injured veterans in St. Louis as well as across the country depend on Social Security disability services in order to make ends meet. The Social Security Administration reports that in 2012, 360,000 fully disabled veterans received disability benefits. In fact, the number of people who currently receive benefits has risen by approximately 3.4 million over the last decade.
The large numbers of Social Security disability claims waiting to be processed has created an extensive backlog in the routine of processing the claims. This has caused the Social Security Administration to reevaluate the current priority of veterans with severe impairment and make changes in how they expedite these claims.
Fully disabled veterans should be treated with high priority, according to the acting commissioner of Social Security. Instead of waiting for years, those named fully disabled by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will have their claims processed within a few days. After submitting their claim for disability services, they should be contacted for an initial interview within the next three days.
Many of the veterans had their Social Security claims denied and are currently going through the appeals process. They feel as if their claims were not given fair attention, as they have served their country in the war and have received severe injuries in the process. This expedited process of claims evaluation should begin as soon as next month.
In order to obtain Social Security benefits, it is essential that you have the claim filled out correctly the first time. Failure to do so may result in the denial of your claim, followed by a lengthy appeals process. An attorney who is experienced in handling Social Security claims may be able to help you through the application process, maximizing your chances at being approved for essential benefits.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Social Security to expedite veteran disability claims,” Yvonne Wenger and John Fritze, Feb. 18, 2014