For many signing up for Social Security benefits in today’s economy, it can be difficult just to get from one day to the next. When applying for Social Security disability benefits, the wait can be daunting. For many veterans in Pennsylvania and other areas who were injured while they were on duty, the disability can result in their inability to perform regular tasks or return to work. With this in mind, the acting commissioner proposed changes to the Social Security application process which may allow select veterans to take priority.
The change is scheduled to take place in mid-March. Though the expediting process will be convenient for veterans filing claims, there are specific regulations that will exclude less intensive cases from receiving the fast pass. In order to receive the time exemption, applicants must have a Veterans Affairs rating of 100 percent permanent and total compensation. In addition to full VA eligibility, veterans must provide proof of their disability rating by attaching their VA Notification Letter.
After all the proper paperwork is provided, eligible applications will be expedited, reducing the processing time. However, applications are all subject to approval and being granted an expedited claims status does not ensure automatic receipt of Social Security disability benefits. However, the expedited processing is a move in the right direction for disabled veterans. Having priority means that they may be able to receive full benefits in a more timely manner, reducing the stress of costs related to their disability.
It is an astounding sacrifice for veterans who become disabled while serving the country. Disabilities are found in many different forms and can alter one’s ability to perform as they did prior to the injury. Social Security disability benefits provides for recipients with medical expenses and other means of financial need when they are unable to provide it themselves. For veterans in Pennsylvania, the new initiative would allow them to receive benefits sooner, and in time may open the opportunity to provide fast service for more applicants in the future.
Source: Your Houston News, Social Security announces new expedited disability process for veterans, No author, Feb. 20, 2014