Good News! Expedited Social Security Benefits For Disabled Veterans
May 16, 2014
American veterans got some good news a few weeks ago when Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security, announced the launch of a new disability process to expedite disability claims.
She said that under the new process, Social Security will prioritize veterans’ applications, the way the agency already handles disability claims in a special program for Wounded Warriors.
According to Navy Times, Social Security is like the VA in that it has struggled to keep up with a backlog of applications; the change could cut months off the approval process.
In a press release, Colvin said, “While we can never fully repay them for their sacrifices, we can be sure we provide them with the quality of service that they deserve. This initiative is truly a lifeline for those who need it most.”
Veterans who are deemed permanently 100-percent disabled will be able to apply under the new expedited system. To qualify for the speedier service, the applicant must inform Social Security that he or she has a 100 percent permanent disability rating and provide a copy of a VA Notification Letter to document the rating.
However, that doesn’t guarantee that the application for benefits will be approved. If you have any questions about the veterans’ application process, click here. And if you are denied your benefits, call us right away at (888) CALL-SAM for a free consultation. You have the legal right to appeal a denial of benefits.