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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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