If you are a military service member of the United States armed forces and you become disabled while on active-duty military service, then you are potentially eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits.
Currently, there are over 155,000 veterans in North Carolina who have had a disability incurred during their service.
With so many wounded warriors in the state, it should be made common knowledge that Social Security Disability benefits are separate from benefits that are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and they require a separate application.
What is a disability according to the Social Security Administration?
The definition of disability according to the Social Security Administration is extremely strict. To be considered disabled:
- You must be incapable of doing any substantial gainful work activity because of your medical condition.
- Your medical condition must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year or will result in your death.
In addition, it’s helpful to remember that SSD is an “all or nothing” program. Unlike VA benefits, which are rated by percentages, you either qualify for SSD benefits or you don’t.
What information is needed to apply for SSDI?
As a veteran wounded in the service after Oct. 1, 2001, you qualify for expedited claims processing. To apply for SSD benefits you will need the following information:
- Proof of military pay, or worker’s compensation pay
- Copy of last year’s income tax return
- If discharged, the DD 214 Form
- Birth certificate or proof of US citizenship or legal residency
- Social Security numbers of your spouse and minor children
- Check account number
- All medical records from all military and civilian medical sources
- Emergency contact information
Once you apply, the Social Security Administration will do its best to process the request and get back to you with a decision as soon as possible.
If your claim gets denied, you should seek help immediately to ensure you get the benefits that you need as soon as possible. Experienced legal guidance can help you overcome problems with your claim.