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4 common questions about veterans and Social Security disability

Veterans who are wounded during their service have a number of options for assistance upon their return. One such option is the Social Security disability program.

It is common to have questions about this process. Some of the more frequently asked questions regarding specifically to veterans about the application process and eligibility are included below.

Isn't Social Security disability a part of the benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs? No, these benefits are separate. It is possible to receive both. However, the veteran must complete a separate application to receive Social Security disability benefits.

In fact, the Social Security Administration has a Wounded Warriors Program designed specifically to provide information to our veterans about the process of applying for these benefits.

How are Social Security disability benefits helpful for veterans? If approved, this program can result in monetary payments for veterans.

How can I get approved for these benefits? A qualifying applicant must meet the federal agency's definition of a disability. A disability is defined as one that results in the inability to do substantial work and has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or result in the applicant's death.

Your current work will also be taken into consideration. Those who are on active duty may still be eligible. However, those who are engaging in "substantial work for pay or profit" may not be eligible. As such, it is important that if you are under medical restrictions you follow those restrictions. It can hurt your claim to push yourself to continue to work in a job that is not fit for your disability.

How does the application process work? The application process begins with a standard application form. Additional documents, such as a W-2, proof of military pay and medical records should also be included in this application packet.

Once turned in, this information is reviewed by the State Disability Determination Services and a determination is made.

It is important that those who receive an initial denial not give up. It is not uncommon for an applicant to appeal a denial and ultimately receive benefits.

The risk of a denial can be mitigated with the use of an attorney. An experienced Social Security disability benefits lawyer can help gather all needed information and better ensure your chances of success.

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