Disability Programs for Military Service Members

Every year, on Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives or been wounded for our freedom

Both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have disability programs.

Military service members and veterans may qualify for disability benefits through one of these programs but not the other, or they may qualify for both.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers benefits to veterans when an injury prevents them from returning to military duty or performing other work.  Service members can normally receive Social Security Disability benefits in addition to military retirement benefits.   In general the military retirement benefit does not reduce the Social Security Disability benefit.

Wounded military service members can also receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims.  For example, Social Security will expedite disability claims filed by veterans who have a 100 percent Permanent & Total compensation rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Depending on the situation, some family members of military service members and veterans, including dependent children, and, in some cases, spouses, may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits.

For more information visit:   www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.

Please share this information with a military family who may not know about these benefits. In acknowledgment of those heroes who died for our country, those who served (including my father who served in the Army during the Korean War), and those who serve today, we at the law office of Sheri R. Abrams honor and thank you for your service.