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What Veterans Need to Know About SSDI Benefits

If you are a recently disabled veteran and have been recently discharged from active service, or if you are about to be discharged, here are things you must know about Social Security:

1)  You are covered by both VA disability and Social Security (SSDI) disability.

2)  You may be entitled to receive SSDI benefits for the period of disability, even before you separation (discharge) date.  They go by the date you became unable to perform your military duty, not the date of separation.

3)  Social Security disability is a totally separate process from VA disability.  One does not depend on the other.  Different applications, different rules, different process, etc.

4) If you meet the requirements, you can get full VA benefits and full SSDI benefits.  One benefit will not offset or eliminate the other one.

5)  Social Security has special, faster processing rules for veterans with a 100 percent permanent VA rating, who were disabled while on active duty.  Note:  You do not have to have a 100 percent VA rating to get SSDI, just to qualify for faster processing.

6)  With SSDI, you cannot be partially disabled, like you may with the VA.  With Social Security, it is "all or none."  You are either disabled or not disabled.

7)  Finally, Social Security denies veterans just like they do civilians.  Denials are common.  It often takes an appeal to get you paid.

The Forsythe Firm in Huntsville has handled many veterans claims and is experienced in veterans SSDI cases.  If we represent you, you will pay us no fee unless your claim is paid and you receive back pay.  In that case, Social Security will determine our fee and pay us out of your back pay award.  If you don't receive back pay, there will never be a fee.

Call for a free evaluation or to ask questions about SSDI benefits.  (256) 799-0297.



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Why does this poignant motto hang on my office wall?

Because it represents the only way to win your disability claims once it's been denied.  And 7 out of 10 will be denied on the first scrabble.

A disability denial is nothing more than a way to get to a hearing.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Use the denial to move your case up the ladder--onward and upward.

If you need help, call me at the Forsythe Firm (256) 799-0297.

I will never ask for a fee until you win your case AND collect the back pay you are due.  (256) 799-0297.


Bad backs and other musculoskeletal disorders are the most awarded impairments for Social Security disability. 

If you have a spinal or back impairment that is severe, it may qualify for a disability benefit.  You will need objective medical evidence, such as an MRI, to support the claim.

Social Security must also determine in what ways your symptoms limit your ability to perform work activities like sitting, standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, lifting, etc.  This is best determined by getting your doctor to complete a form called a "Medical Source Statement."  This form is available from my office free of charge.

If you would like for us to evaluate your Social Security disability claim (for a back impairment or any other impairment) - please call us at (256) 799-0297.  Consultations are free.