Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Attorneys at Law

In addition to VA benefits, veterans eligible for SSD benefits

Our city, Mobile, Alabama, is home to a significant population that served in the United States military. Some of those veterans sustained injuries while on active duty, which developed into a disabling condition in due course. Those veterans may know that in addition to the benefits offered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, they are eligible for Social Security disability benefits provided their injuries meet the eligibility criteria set by the Social Security Administration.

According to the existing rules, veterans with a VA compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total disability can file a claim for SSD benefits. In fact, the SSA expedites the payment of SSD benefits to veterans whose disability meets the SSA's criteria. Point to be noted here is that the SSA's method of determining eligibility is somewhat different from the VA's method. Due to this difference in determining eligibility, many veterans face challenges when trying to claim benefits.

Usually, the challenges stem from the fact that the veterans are often not fully aware of the SSA's disability determination process, as mentioned earlier, or they are overwhelmed by the extensive medical evidence and documentation that are required for a successful SSD benefits claim. That being said, the SSA's rules and regulations are indeed complex and it is understandable if veterans, or their representatives, get confused when they start interacting with the SSA in order to claim SSD benefits.

Veterans in Mobile may, therefore, explore the idea of retaining a Social Security attorney to assist them with their claim. The attorney's experience in dealing with the SSA, whether it is related to claiming benefits on behalf a client or disputing with the SSA regarding a client's claim rejection, may be the kind of support that the veteran would need during the hour of need. After all, the monetary benefits go a long way in ensuring a better life for the veteran and that veteran's loved ones.

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