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Social Security Disability Benefits for War Veterans

By Matthew Golitko on May 22, 2015

A man writing on a sheet of paperThe legal team at Golitko & Daly has served countless individuals in and around the greater Indianapolis area. This includes injured workers of all kinds as well as wounded service members who are trying to support themselves and their loved ones.

Since we've taken a few looks at issues surrounding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in recent posts, we'd like to focus on these with a regard to wounded veterans right now.

What kinds of Social Security benefits can wounded war veterans receive?

Wounded war veterans are eligible for two different kinds of Social Security benefits:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – SSDI pays benefits to wounded veterans who have been rendered disabled and have also paid Social Security taxes for a specified amount of time

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – SSI pays benefits to wounded veterans based on their individual financial need

We will focus on SSDI in this blog post, though we can also provide guidance and counsel with regard to SSI matters. (Note that a veteran's military pay will not necessarily affect his or her eligibility for SSDI.)

How does the Social Security Administration define "disabled"?

"Disability" or "disabled" in this context refers to suffering a major injury or developing a serious medical condition that makes an individual unable to perform various job duties, with the injury/condition lasting at least one year or resulting in the individual's eventual death.

In a previous blog post, we provided an overview of qualifying conditions for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Determining When the Application of Benefits Begins

Retroactive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be applied to a wounded war veteran's claim depending on the nature of his or hr injury. This will be determined following a full review of the veteran's application and the nature of the veteran's injury.

In a previous blog post, we noted back pay for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and how this is calculated.

How War Veterans Can Apply for Social Security Benefits

In order to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, veterans should contact their local Social Security office or visit the website for the Social Security Administration.

It's important for veterans to have the necessary materials and paperwork handy for the application process. This includes:

  • Proof of US citizenship or a certified copy of a birth certificate or proof of legal residency
  • A W2 or income tax return from the previous year
  • A DD 214 (if discharged)
  • Medical records
  • Proof of military pay or workers' compensation
  • Social Security numbers for spouse and any children
  • Checking or savings account number (if applicable)
  • Contact information and secondary contact information

How Our Legal Team Can Help in the Process

The application process can prove complicated and frustrating for many people given all of the paperwork involved. Having an attorney on your side familiar with Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) matters will allow you to receive detailed guidance about the entire process, including assistance in case of any denial of benefits.

Speak with the Attorneys of Golitko & Daly

To learn more about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and how these benefits can help you and your loved ones, we encourage you to contact our team of SSDI and injury attorneys today. The legal team here at Golitko & Daly is committed to helping you in your time of legal need.

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