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Can disabled military members receive SSDI and veterans benefits?

The month of May is here already, although it may not seem like it in certain parts of Minnesota today. This month many Minnesotans may be looking forward to celebrating Mother's Day, graduations, weddings and Memorial Day. These are important holidays and celebrations, but some folks may not realize that the month of May is also celebrated as National Military Appreciation Month.

The men and women who are serving our country and those who have served our country in the past certainly deserve to be remembered and recognized. They make many sacrifices to protect our country, including moving away from home, spending years overseas, and putting their lives on the line. So, as part of National Military Appreciation Month, our blog would like to offer some helpful tips for military members, wounded warriors and their families when it comes to applying for disability benefits after suffering a disabling illness or injury.

First, wounded warriors and veterans should understand that they may be entitled to obtain disability benefits from the Social Security Administration and/or the Department of Veterans Affairs. When applying for benefits under both programs, injured and ill military members will need to file two different applications. To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in addition to disabled veterans benefits after suffering a disabling injury, military members must have paid Social Security taxes for a certain number of years.

Second, wounded warriors should know that they may be able to expedite their applications so that their applications can be processed much sooner, which may help wounded warriors to start receiving the benefits they need much sooner.

A third thing to note is that military members may receive disability benefits after suffering a disabling injury even when they are still receiving military pay.

Applying for disability benefits can be a confusing and complicated process, especially for those who are in the military. To learn more about the benefits you may be entitled to receive after suffering a disabling injury or illness while serving our country, you may want to reach out to an attorney who will be able to help you apply for the benefits you may be entitled to receive.

Source: yourdailyjournal.com, "Social Security column: Social Security honors all who serve," Brenda Brown, April 30, 2013

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