Veterans and active duty military members who become disabled often believe the Veterans Administration is their only recourse for getting benefits, but that’s not always the case. Wounded Warriors may qualify for Social Security disability benefits, even if they are receiving VA disability.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability
To qualify for SSDI benefits, Houston Social Security lawyers note that you must be unable to perform significant work, and your disability must be expected to continue for at least a year. Benefits will be calculated based on your earning history in both military and civilian jobs.
Even if you are still active duty, this does not necessarily prohibit you from receiving disability benefits. Wounded Warriors being treated at military medical care facilities, in therapy programs, or on limited duty will be evaluated to determine eligibility benefits.
Branches Eligible For Expedited Claims Processing
Military service members and veterans are also eligible for expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims if they became disabled on or after Oct. 1, 2001.
The Houston Social Security disability lawyers at The Law Offices Of M. Stanley Whitehead confirm that members from any branch of service are eligible for expedited claims process, including:
- Full-time duty service members and members on active duty for training purposes in U.S. Army, Navy Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard
- U.S. Military academy students (Naval Academy, West Point or U.S. War College)
- Students training in pre-deployment training facilities
- Army or Air Force National Guard members who have been ordered to active duty
- Reservists ordered to active duty
- Reservists in full-time training, annual training or attending a Military Service School
If you are a veteran or active duty military service member in need of disability benefits or have had a denied claim, contact the Houston Social Security lawyers at The Law Offices Of M. Stanley Whitehead today to get help.