SSA disability decision expedited for vets with 100% VA compensation

Requirements for Social Security and VA disability programs are very different. Eligibility for one does not mean eligibility for the other.

With that reminder, on March 17, the Social Security Administration began expediting disability claims for veterans who have a disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total (P&T) by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, designated expediting disability claims for these veterans as one of the agency’s priorities. This is an interagency collaboration between the VA and Social Security to help veterans gain timely access to the benefits they may be eligible for and deserve.

This differs from the “Wounded Warrior” expedited claims process, which is designed only for military service members who became disabled while on active duty on or after October 1, 2001 no matter where the disability occurred. The new expedited claims process is designed for all veterans, regardless of when they served as long as they have a VA compensation rating of 100 percent P&T.

In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must tell Social Security they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100% P&T and show proof of their disability rating with their VA Notification Letter.

The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits. These veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.

More about this new expedited claims process is on the Social Security website, www.socialsecurity.gov, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability-pt.htm.

Learn about Social Security disability benefits at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability.htm.

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