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Can veterans receive Social Security disability benefits?

Veterans may qualify for Social Security disability benefits and may also receive expedited claims processing but may wonder how. Veterans who have a compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total disability may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. In addition, expedited claims processing may be available to veteran applicants who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, wherever they become disabled.

The Social Security Administration offers two types of disability benefits. One type is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) which disabled applicants can qualify for if they have paid into the program through their employment history and work years. Alternately, Supplemental Security Income is available to disabled applicants of limited income and resources who may lack the necessary work history to qualify.

Understanding Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income is a disability option for disabled individuals and children who have limited income and resources. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a disability option for disabled individuals who may not qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSD) benefits because they lack the necessary work history and have not paid into the program. To qualify for either type of disability benefits, SSI or SSD, the disabled individual must suffer from a physical or mental medical condition that prevents them from working and is expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death.

There are different types of benefits disabled individuals can receive as part of Supplemental Security Income benefits. Disabled individuals will receive income benefits once SSI benefits have been approved. They will receive monthly checks that begin the first full month after they are approved for benefits. They may also receive a lump sum payment for benefits going back to their benefit onset date.

Social Security Disability application change creates concerns

Understanding the Social Security disability application process may be even more important than it recently was. A Lupus victim, completely unable to work in her dream job because of the ravages of the disease, describes her discouragement at being denied Social Security disability benefits (SSD). It is important, however, for disabled individuals to be prepared that it can be a challenging process but not to be too easily discouraged.

Currently, approximately 45 percent of applicants for SSD benefits are initially approved. In addition, it can take up to 600 days to receive a hearing which is part of the appeals process if an initial application for benefits has been denied. The current backlog began approximately 10 years ago. At present, there are greater 1 million applicants waiting for a hearing. It is feared that a recent change may make wait times even longer.

Disability benefits are there to help cancer victims and others

During 2017, greater than 1 million victims will be diagnosed with cancer worldwide. The large number of cancer victims has a significant impact on families and communities, as well as the lives of victims. In recognition of National Cancer Survivors' Day, the Social Security Administration is raising awareness of its Social Security disability program that is available to help victims of cancer and other illnesses. In addition, the Compassionate Allowances program can be helpful to victims of cancer and other diseases and illnesses receive expedited processing of their claims for disability benefits.

Diseases and illnesses that are on the Compassionate Allowances list are considered situations when the medical condition the disabled individual is suffering from is considered so severe that it obviously meets Social Security disability's standards for a qualifying medical condition which allows the application for disability benefits to be processed more quickly. A number of cancers are found on the Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowances list.

What to do when a disability application has been denied

Social Security disability benefits are important benefits for many disabled individuals and their families which is why it is important for disabled individuals to know what to do when their claim for disability benefits has been denied. Denied claims for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are not necessarily the end of the process.

Social Security disability claims for benefits may be denied for a variety of reasons that can include that the medical evidence provided was no sufficient or that it was not clear in the application that the disabled individual was unable to work. Fortunately, there is an extensive appeals process for denied SSD claims and applicants have the right to appeal a denied claim for SSD benefits. The first step in the appeals process is a request for reconsideration. The request for reconsideration involves a review by a fresh set of eyes.

Understanding eligibility for Social Security disability benefits

Many disabled individuals and their families rely on disability benefits, which is why it is important to understand how to qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. To be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, the disabled individual must suffer from a physical or mental disability -- or a combination of a physical or mental disability. In addition, the physical or mental disability must be expected to last for 12 months or longer, or result in death.

Disabled individuals must also have sufficient work history to qualify for SSD benefits. Different options, including Supplemental Security Income benefits, may be available to disabled individuals who do not have sufficient work history but meet the medical requirements to receive disability benefits and are of limited means. Lastly, to qualify for SSD benefits, the physical or mental medical condition the disabled individual suffers from must render them unable to work in the disabled individual's current occupation or to transition to another occupation.

Seeking SSDI benefits for loved one can be role of caretaker

With loved ones like parents and grandparents, the cycle of life can turn the roles from caretakers to the cared-for. It is only natural that children look after aging parents and grandparents and look out for their best interests. In some Tennessee families, children are the primary caretakers for their aging elders. One aspect of care taking can be handling their loved one's finances.

Taking care of finances is just one part of a caretaker's role in their loved one's life. However, it can be crucial in ensuring that their loved one has money with which to live. One source of potential income can be Social Security Disability income that can help to off-set the burden of a person's injury or illness. Oftentimes, injury or illness can render a loved one unable to work and thus, there is an inability to secure the income they need to survive.

Type of military discharge and benefits received for veterans

Military veterans deserve the best. The sacrifices that veterans may make include their time, separation from their family and other personal sacrifices. Some even make the ultimate sacrifice and pay with their life in service to their country. For those who escape with their life, discharge status can affect the benefits they receive after their time in the service has ended.

There are different ways that military members can be released from the military. For many, the ideal way is to receive an honorable discharge, this means that the military member either met or exceeded the conduct and performance standards of the military. Honorable discharge veterans are offered an array of veterans benefits, including medical, educational and other benefits.

What physical impairments can cause inability to work?

When it comes to ailments that may affect how a person feels and how they operate on a day-to-day basis, there are an endless number of conditions that could affect a person. The Social Security Administration details information on the type of physical impairments that can qualify a Chattanooga resident to receive social security disability benefits for injuries. This information is thorough.

With a list this extensive, it is hard to imagine that any illnesses or injuries leading to health problems could be left out. The list is is separated by area of injury or illness including musculoskeletal injuries like back injuries and neck injuries. Other categories like special senses and speech include conditions in which a person's sight or hearing may have been affected. They even have a special category titled endocrine disorders.

Differences between SSI and SSDI for Chattanooga residents

There are several government-run income assistance programs that help those who are injured or ill. These programs aim to supplement income to those who are unable to earn it themselves. This is often due to a debilitating injury or illness that can take so much from a person and their family. Oftentimes, the financial impact is felt the hardest for all involved.

Two government programs provide income assistance to those who need it in the short and long-term. One program is called Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. The other is Social Security Disability Income or SSDI. These programs may accomplish similar goals, but there are distinct differences between who they affect and why. The main difference between the two programs is SSDI is available to those who have paid into the program via taxable wages.

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