Military Service

Military Service and Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Disability benefits process often takes a year or more.  Nobody would ever accuse the government of doing anything quickly.  However, there are some circumstances which may work in your favor.  Your military service is one of those special circumstances, but there are certain requirements.

Expedited Decisions

Did you serve in the military on or after October 1, 2001?  This may enable your case to receive special consideration.  Interestingly, the specific condition (for which you’re filing for disability benefits) does not have to be a direct result of an injury you sustained while on active duty.  The condition does, however, have to have started while you were on duty.

Your VA Benefits

It’s important to note that your VA benefits will not affect your Social Security Disability benefits.  Even if you have a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total (100% P&T), it’s not a guarantee of receiving Social Security disability benefits.  The two systems, their definitions and their processes are different.

Receive Social Security Disability Benefits on Active Duty

It’s possible for you to remain on active duty and still receive Social Security disability benefits. It’s important to remember that a changing job (MOS, AFSC, NEC) or a permanent change of station and impact your benefits. If one of the above occurs, you’ll need to inform the SSA.

The Social Security Administration provides information on these specific issues. You might consider enlisting the help of a local social security disability attorney to help you with this process. The attorneys at Smith and Wax will personally work with you. While you’ll need to handle the VA benefits yourself, filing for SSD or SSI benefits is much easier with an attorney.

Let Us Serve You

It’s easy to get started. You can either submit your information through this website, or call our office at: (502) 581-1133. We sincerely appreciate your military service to our country. Now, let us serve you. We’re here to help.