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Veterans eligible for expedited disability application review

The men and women who serve the United States through military service sacrifice their time, their safety and sometimes their health to serve our country and keep us safe. Fortunately, there are benefits to help those Tennessee veterans who became disabled during active military service. Veterans may be eligible for either SSDI benefits or SSI benefits. These benefits are available separately from benefits that may be available through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and must be applied for separately.

One advantage that veterans have in obtaining benefits is that they may be able to have their SSD claims reviewed through an expedited process, if an injury occurred on or after October 1, 2001, and that injury resulted in a compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total disability. This is a great advantage for veterans, as sometimes the review process for Social Security disability benefits can be time-consuming.

In order to expedite the review of a disability claim, an applicant should notify the SSA promptly that his or her disability occurred while he or she was on active military duty. Additionally, the SSA may be able to make a decision more quickly if a veteran has complete information about the doctors he or she has seen, as well as information, including the address, about where the veteran's military records are kept. To facilitate an expedited review, it can help to notify the SSA of any changes in address a veteran may have during the review process, as well as any changes in medical treatment.

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a challenge, particularly on top of the attention a veteran is likely already giving to his or her medical care. A lawyer may be able to provide much-needed assistance to a veteran during the application process, including helping with the expedited review process.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Information For Wounded Warriors And Veterans Who Have A Compensation Rating of 100% Permanent and Total (P&T)," accessed Jan. 1, 2016

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