Overview Of Benefits That Can Be Supplementary To Social Security Disability Part One: Veterans Benefits
You’ve sacrificed a great deal as a veteran, and now, your country owes you not only a debt of gratitude, but also exceptional care as you age. Unfortunately, determining the extent of benefits for which you qualify can be tricky, as your military service technically does not count as employment in the eyes of the Social Security Administration (SSA). You may, however, be eligible for veterans benefits.
(Before we explore what these benefits entail, let’s step back to clarify an important point. There is a big difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits – reserved for people who are seriously ill or incapacitated – and standard Social Security benefits. They are not the same thing! But if you are sick or injured and looking for potential sources of benefits beyond SSDI, and you’ve served our country in the Armed Forces, it makes sense to investigate these avenues.)
Military Credits For Veterans
Many veterans are eligible for military credits, which can supplement the Social Security benefits earned through other means of employment. These credits address the otherwise limited Social Security benefits available to those who served during World War II.
How Are Credits Awarded?
Not all veterans are available for additional compensation. Your eligibility largely depends on when you served and in what capacity. For example, veterans who served on active duty between 1940 and 1956 receive an additional $160 per month on top of their existing Social Security earnings.
Military credits should automatically be added to your earnings after you apply for disability benefits — a separate application is not necessary. Be prepared to provide proof of military service, such as a Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty (DD Form 214). Consider applying for Social Security disability with the help of a trusted legal representative.
The military offers other important veterans disability programs. Explore them in significant detail here.
Contact Smith, Wallis & Scott, LLP at your earliest convenience to learn more about supplementing your Social Security disability benefits with veterans benefits.