Afghanistan veterans and those serving in other combat zones who are waiting on disability claims with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may soon benefit from an important piece of veterans legislation.
The Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act was introduced by Rep. Glenn Thompson, a republican from Pennsylvania. A positive outcome could reduce the waiting time for veterans filing for SSDI.
The bill seeks to exempt veterans disabled in a combat zone, such as those serving in Afghanistan, from the five-month waiting period prior to filing for SSDI payments. This means that active-duty, reserve and National Guard servicemembers who were injured during combat would not have to wait as long for their benefits after returning to the states and taking up veteran status.
Veterans who are permanently disabled may file for SSDI payments in addition to benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). Meanwhile, veterans disability claims with the VA may be filed by veterans who believe their disabling condition resulted from military service. Certain qualifications such as the nature of the disability, conditions of discharge, and the severity of the health condition will all factor in to the VA’s decision whether to grant benefits.
Veterans legislation is often introduced to address concerns for veterans disability cases, and the veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have been recent focuses of proposed house and senate bills. More focus has been placed on increasingly common disabling conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The SSA disability claim process may differ from applying for veterans’ disability benefits, which is why it is important to work with an attorney who is familiar with both types of cases. If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.