Social Security Disability: Veteran Claims Expedited

By: Tina Volpe - February 22, 2014

There is good news for our disabled veterans who come back from war and have had difficulty getting their disability payments in a timely manner.

The Social Security disability benefits for veterans with a rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total disability (P&T) will soon have their applications processed faster, the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday.

“Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors,” the organization said in a press release.

And it isn’t years in the making; the plan is for the expedited process to begin mid-March of this year.

“Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and it is only right that we ensure they have timely access to the disability benefits they may be eligible for and deserve,” Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn Colvin said in the news release.

In order for veterans to receive this expedited claim benefit, they must inform Social Security that they have a 100 percent P&T compensation rating and show proof of this rating with their VA Notification Letter.

The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits. These veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.

Further information for veterans rated 100% P&T, see the Social Security website to apply online.

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  • Mildred Coo

    IT IS ABOUT TIME!

    • MIKE H

      I agree with BOTH COMMENTATORS , IF a VET has been hurt bad ENOUGH and NOT rated at 100%P&T, that SHOULD STILL BE LOOKED IN TO ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

  • mot

    why only the 100%, did the Vet that has say 40-60% disability, serve any less then the 100% all vets should be expedited as they ALL gave 100% when they served…

  • Royce Dressel

    wow, that only took a hundred years .good job ssi, you are the fastest branch of government now.

  • Bill Bruck

    In my opinion this is just smoke and mirrors. To get a 100% rating by the VA you practically have to be limbless. These vets have to meet a much higher standard than private citizens to get SS disability. I know more than one person who gets full disability because of unspecified chronic lower back pain. Translation; A guy goes to the doctor and says his back hurts so badly that he can’t function. An examination, x-rays, an MRI, and even a CT scan are done but show no cause for the pain. But the guy keeps complaining and appealing his rejection by the SSA and eventually wins his full benefits with back pay then goes to the golf course to play 18 holes. My spine is torn up from my neck to my butt and I have the test results to prove it. So I have been through the process and witnessed this fraud many times.

  • Freedom2112

    Don’t worry…the Republicans will try passing a Bill that stops this process in order to save money