Expedited process available for some disabled veterans

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Expedited process available for some disabled veterans

Source:  http://www.mysanantonio.com “Expedited process available for some disabled veterans” March 15, ’14

Q: I am a disabled veteran. I have a compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total from the Veteran’s Administration. Will I automatically qualify to receive Social Security disability?

A: No. You would have to apply for Social Security disability and go through the application process.

You may have heard that Social Security recently announced rules regarding an expedited process for processing disability applications filed by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total, or P&T. Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security, recently unveiled a new initiative to expedite disability claims.

Under the new process, Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency handles disability claims from wounded warriors.

“Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country, and it is only right that we ensure they have timely access to the disability benefits they may be eligible for and deserve,” Colvin said. “Social Security worked with Veterans Affairs to identify those veterans with disabilities who have a high probability of also meeting our definition of disability. I am proud of our collaboration and happy to announce this new service for America’s vets.”

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 still must meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.

Social Security plans to launch the expedited process in mid-March. For information about this service, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability-pt.htm. For more about Social Security’s handling of wounded warriors’ disability claims, visit www.<code_dp displayname=”code_dp” name=”code_dp”>socialsecurity.gov/wounded <code_dp displayname=”code_dp” name=”code_dp”>warriors.