They protect our country from harm, but who protects them if they are injured while serving our country? Thankfully, for our nation’s wounded warriors, Social Security disability (SSD) is one of the benefit programs available to help ease the financial impact of their disability.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) processes applications for service men and women at an expedited rate if they have become disabled while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of when the disability occurred. Social Security disability benefits are different from the Department of Veterans Affairs and necessitate a separate application.
Types of SSD Benefits for Wounded Warriors
Depending on the amount of work credits you have accumulated, you might be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, which pays out funds for you and your family members based on taxes you have put in over your working career. If you do not have enough work credits, you could be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that pays out a certain amount each month and is based on your current financial need in conjunction with your total household income.
Does military pay affect eligibility for SSD?
Receipt of military payments and active duty status do not always prevent payment of SSD benefits. The SSA will evaluate your work activity in conjunction with your disability and determine your eligibility for benefits. You cannot receive SSD benefits if you engage in substantial work for pay or profit. The amount of pay you receive or your active duty status do not control your eligibility for benefits, only your ability to continue to work in a full capacity.
Unfortunately, the SSD program can be difficult to navigate, even for individuals who clearly are in need of benefits. The Pennsylvania Social Security disability law firm of Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo are here to help individuals obtain the SSD benefits they need to take care of their family while they focus on their health and recovery. For a free case evaluation and an analysis of next steps, call us today at 888-807-WORK (9675).