Someone who can’t work because of a disability may be eligible for disability benefits. This is no different whether the disabled person is a construction worker, a secretary, or a wounded warrior. Military personnel may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for wounded veterans.
Available Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits
Sometimes a military member’s job is affected by a disability, including wounds suffered on duty. In such cases, the wounded warrior may be eligibility for disability benefits:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”). Veterans below retirement age who meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability may be eligible to receive monthly SSDI benefits. Certain family members may also receive benefits based on a veteran’s disability. The amount of benefits received also hinges on number of work credits earned.
- Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). This benefit is also available to veterans. Though similar to SSDI, applicants must show evidence of financial need in addition to meeting the disability definition.
Military personnel who become unable to work while on active duty may qualify for SSDI through the Social Security Benefits for Wounded Warriors program.
It’s important to note that disability benefits are also available from the Veterans Administration (“VA”). However, SSDI for Wounded Veterans and VA disability benefits are different programs. For example, VA benefits covers partial or short-term disability. SSDI is only paid for long-term or permanent disabilities. Also, veterans interested in benefits must submit separate applications for each program.
The Application Process and Eligibility
Active duty military members may be eligible for SSDI for Wounded Warriors if the following criteria are met:
- Recovering in a hospital or otherwise unable to work;
- Participating in physical therapy,
- Receiving treatment at a military hospital or medical facility,
- Unable to perform their duties; or
- Performing limited duty.
Veterans may receive SSDI benefits along with their normal pay and benefits. Also, applications submitted by military service members are processed more quickly than non-veterans.
Social Security Disability Benefits Are Available for Wounded Veterans
If you are a disabled veteran, you may be eligible for SSDI benefits. But it helps to have someone fighting for you. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have the experience and ability to take on your case. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. We assist clients throughout Southern California from our home office in Anaheim.