Social Security launches expedited disability process for veterans
Fast-tracking disability decisions for vets with 100 percent
permanent and total rating
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[March 25, 2014]
BALTIMORE, Md. — Carolyn W.
Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security, announced the launch
of a new disability process to expedite disability claims filed by
veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs disability
compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total. Under the
new process, Social Security will treat these veterans' applications
as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way
the agency currently handles disability claims from veterans in the
Wounded Warrior program.
"We have reached another milestone for those who have sacrificed so
much for our country, and this process ensures they will get the
benefits they need quickly," Colvin said. "While we can never fully
repay them for their sacrifices, we can be sure we provide them with
the quality of service that they deserve. This initiative is truly a
lifeline for those who need it most."
"No one wants to put
America's veterans through a bureaucratic runaround," said John
Sarbanes, a Maryland congressman and leading proponent for
increasing assistance to veterans. "As the baby boomer generation
ages and more veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan need
care, this common-sense change will help reduce backlogs and cut
through unnecessary red tape so that our most disabled veterans
receive the benefits they've earned."
In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must tell
Social Security they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100
percent permanent and total and show proof of their disability
rating with their VA notification letter.
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The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability
claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social
Security disability benefits. These veterans must still meet the
strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.
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