100% Disabled Veterans Receive Expedited Social Security Disability Processing

The Social Security Administration recently announced a program where veterans who have qualified for a 100% disability rating through the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive expedited processing of their claims when they file for Social Security Disability.  This new program will begin sometime in March.  It does not guarantee that the veterans will qualify for Social Security Disability but it does cut down on the time it will take Social Security to process their claims.  Social Security already offered a similar program to active duty military personnel who are wounded.

How Will the Program Benefit Veterans?

Many veterans who qualify for a 100% disability rating because of proving TDIU (Total Disability Individual Unemployability) may have already filed for and started receiving Social Security Disability benefits prior to receiving the VA decision that granted their 100% rating.  However, for those veterans with a 100% rating who have not already filed for Social Security Disability benefits, this new program should provide them with an opportunity to avoid the long waits often associated with filing for Social Security Disability benefits.

The standard for Social Security Disability is very similar to TDIU standard.  Hopefully, since both the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs are federal agencies, there will be a move in the future to allow the grant of a 100% rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs to serve as a presumption that the veterans meets the standards for qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.

Questions About Veterans Benefits or Social Security Disability

If you have questions about veterans benefits or Social Security Disability benefits, our law firm has attorneys that can help you answer them.  Simply complete the “Need Help” form or call the phone number at the right for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

What if I have more questions about my VA claim?

I understand you want your VA claim to be done as quickly as possible. But remember the ultimate goal – to win your VA disability compensation claim.

You may eventually get there on your own, but it may be after a series of decisions by the Regional Office and Board of Veterans Appeals. Sometimes claims are appealed and remanded several times, which can cause a claim to drag on for years. If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary delay in your claim and want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of success, it is probably a good idea for you to consult with an accredited veterans disability attorney.

We would be happy to talk to you. If you would like a free consultation with our Perkins Studdard veterans disability attorneys just click here or give us a call to begin the process.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.
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