Veterans and their Indiana families understand sacrifice, more so than most others who have not served. When the active tour of duty has ended, the hope is to return to civilian life and resume some level of normalcy as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that is all but impossible for disabled veterans. While nothing can replace that which the vet has lost, there may be some easing of the difficult circumstances ahead if the individual can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance in addition to the veteran’s benefits received.
The word “disability” is a term of art as it relates to both SSDI and the status of a veteran as disability experts can more fully explain. This means that “disability” has precise definitions for both government agencies that are different from each other and different from the plain English language definition. The first issue to consider is the disability level of the vet as determined by the Veterans Administration. A veteran is either 100% permanently and totally disabled or some lesser percentage of disabled.
If he or she is 100% disabled, then the likelihood of receiving SSDI benefits is extremely high, and the application process is streamlined. For those with lesser disabilities as determined by the VA, the SSDI process is the same as for all other applicants. One caveat is that all vets applying for SSDI must meet threshold eligibility requirements as established by the Social Security Administration, such as earning sufficient work credits. An inability or failure to proof basic eligibility will prevent a claim from being reviewed on its merits.
Veterans and all others who apply for SSDI benefits are entitled to legal representation at any stage of the proceedings, including the application process. An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer may assist with any questions along the way.