All service members who became disabled on active duty after October 1, 2001, are possibly eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, in addition to Veterans’ Administration benefits, reports MELODIKA.NET.
SSDI benefits are available if a service member has worked long enough and has paid Social Security taxes on his/her paychecks. SSI benefits are available to service members based on demonstrated financial need.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a person disabled if no substantial employment can be held because of a condition that will persist for more than a year or will result in death.
Applications can be made for benefits while the service member is on active duty or after his/her discharge. The service member must let the SSA know about all medical conditions–physical or mental–and provide the names of doctors and medical facilities, as well as their medical records, to the agency.
Then, the SSA will consider the impact of all medical conditions on the applicant’s ability to work. Service members receive expedited processing and generally get awarded benefits sooner than non-military applicants.
The process can be complex, so it’s wise to seek the assistance of a Social Security Disability Lawyer. An attorney can ensure that you receive all of the benefits that you deserve.