A person who has stormed the battlefield on behalf of the United States may feel a sense of pride when looking back on his or her achievements. However, once they return to America, they may sometimes feel neglected, lacking the medical attention and job opportunities they need in Pennsylvania. However, the Social Security Administration is placing more attention on this group by expediting the process they must go through before being able to receive Social Security disability benefits.
Officials recently said that the administration is altering how it reviews claims for disability benefits for veterans beginning in March. The move could save veterans weeks of waiting to find out if their claims have been approved or denied. These individuals must have been considered completely disabled, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
In the past, some veterans have waited years to learn of decisions regarding their claims. In addition to benefiting veterans, the administrative change in the review process will help wounded soldiers. About 11 million people across the country currently receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Veterans in Pennsylvania certainly may be happy to hear that their wait times for hearing back about their claims should soon be shorter, but if their claims are denied anyway, they may still feel cheated. When an individual has a legitimate injury or illness confirmed by a doctor, he or she is entitled to Social Security benefits. Being aware of laws related to this subject might help such a person to successfully appeal a denied Social Security disability claim and thus receive the benefits required to support oneself and one’s family members.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, Social Security to expedite veteran disability claims, Yvonne Wenger and John Fritze, Feb. 18, 2014