Given the number of veterans in North Carolina, it is unavoidable that there will also be a group who have suffered war-related injuries. Social Security disability benefits for Wounded Warriors have been mentioned frequently in the media in recent years, but many veterans are unaware of certain facts about SSD claims. Understanding what benefits can be received, how disability is defined, and if military pay affects the eligibility after veterans' injuries is key to filing for and receiving benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will give benefits through two separate programs. They are the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. SSI is based on financial need while SSDI is for the individual and certain members of his or her family provided they worked long enough to have paid into the program through taxes. The SSA defines disability based on the following: if the person is not able to do substantial work because of the medical condition or conditions and whether or not these conditions have lasted or are expected to last for a minimum of 12 months or end in the person's death.
Those who are active duty or are receiving military pay might still be able to get Social Security disability. If a claimant is being treated at a military medical center, and receiving therapy or on limited duty, the work activity will be examined to see if the person is eligible to receive benefits. A person who is doing what is considered 'substantial work' for pay or profit cannot get Social Security disability. The work itself is what will be used to determine if a person will get SSD benefits. It is possible to apply for disability at any point, whether the person is still in the service, after he or she has been discharged, or is still receiving treatment at a military or civilian facility.
These are just some of the factors that a Wounded Warrior has to be aware of when considering Social Security disability benefits. After suffering war-related injuries, it is wise to understand how to move forward with SSD claims. Discussing the matter with veterans' disability compensation attorneys can help to pursue benefits for Wounded Warriors.
Source: ssa.gov, "Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors," accessed on Nov. 14, 2016