Wounded Warriors – Not Just For Veterans Day

Did you know that Social Security provides expedited processing of disability claims for Wounded Warriors?  

While the same disability rules apply for everyone, Social Security uses the Wounded Warriors expedited process for military service members disabled while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001.   Social Security benefits are different from those the Department of Veterans Affairs offers and require a separate application. 

Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits.  Receipt of military payments should never stop you from applying for disability benefits from Social Security. If you are receiving treatment at a military medical facility and working in a designated therapy program or on limited duty, Social Security will evaluate your work activity to determine your eligibility for benefits.

You cannot receive Social Security disability benefits if you engage in substantial work for pay or profit. However, the actual work activity is the controlling factor and not the amount of pay you receive or your military duty status.

Learn more at the Wounded Warriors section of the SSA website: www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.