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Disabled Veterans to Receive Faster Claims Processing by Social Security

Veterans must have a VA disability compensation rating of 100% P&T and show proof of their disability rating with their VA Notification Letter

Feb. 20, 2014 - Social Security announced yesterday a new initiative to expedite disability claims for veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T).  Under the new process, Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors. The program begins March 17.

 

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 “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and it is only right that we ensure they have timely access to the disability benefits they may be eligible for and deserve,” said Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, who was joined by Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD).

 “Social Security worked with Veterans Affairs to identify those veterans with disabilities who have a high probability of also meeting our definition of disability.  I am proud of our collaboration and happy to announce this new service for America’s vets,” added Colvin

In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must tell Social Security they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100% P&T and show proof of their disability rating with their VA Notification Letter.

The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits.  These veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.

Following is information from the SSA website about the program.

Starting March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total (P&T) may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits.

What do I need to know about the VA and Social Security programs?

Both Social Security and VA pay disability benefits. However, their programs, processes, and criteria for receiving benefits are very different.

A VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total does not guarantee that you will receive Social Security disability benefits. To be approved for Social Security benefits, you must meet Social Security’s definition of "disability." We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

>  You cannot do work that you did before;

>  We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical
condition(s); and

>  Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

If you receive VA compensation, this will not affect your Social Security benefits.

As a veteran rated 100% P&T, how do I receive expedited processing for Social Security disability benefits?

First, you must apply for Social Security disability benefits. You can do this in one of three ways:

>  Complete your application online;

>  Call our toll-free telephone number, 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call us at TTY 1-800-325-0778; or

>  Call or visit your local Social Security office.

Important:

If you want to apply in person, please call and make an appointment before you visit your local office.

What should I do to receive expedited processing of my Social Security disability application?

To receive expedited processing, you must:

1.      Identify yourself as a “veteran rated 100% P&T” when you apply for benefits.

o    If you apply in person or over the phone, please tell the Social Security representative you talk to that you are a veteran rated 100% P&T.

o    If you apply online, please enter “Veteran 100% P&T” in the “Remarks” section of the application so that we can identify you and expedite your application.

2.      Provide your VA Notification letter which verifies your 100% P&T rating to Social Security.

How long does the process take?

The length of time it takes Social Security to make a disability decision depends on several different factors, but primarily on:

>  The nature of your disability;

>  How quickly we obtain medical evidence from your doctor or other medical sources; and

>  Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination in order to obtain evidence to support your claim.                                        

You can help speed up the process by having the needed information on hand when you apply.  Please go to Information You Need To Apply For Disability Benefits for more information.

What about Medicare?

If your application for Social Security disability benefits is approved, you will receive Medicare coverage automatically after you have received disability benefits for 24 months.

 

For more  information about this service, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability-pt.htm.

For more about Social Security’s handling of Wounded Warrior’s disability claims, visit
www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.

 

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