Sup­port for our he­roes

Help­ing dis­abled vet­er­ans and ac­tive duty mil­i­tary mem­bers

Albuquerque Journal - - COMMUNITY - BY NI­COLE TIGGE­MANN TRI­BUNE NEWS SER­VICE (TNS)

So­cial Se­cu­rity hon­ors vet­er­ans and ac­tive duty mem­bers of the mil­i­tary ev­ery day by giv­ing them the re­spect they de­serve. So­cial Se­cu­rity’s dis­abil­ity pro­gram is an im­por­tant part of our obli­ga­tion to wounded war­riors and their fam­i­lies.

For mil­i­tary mem­bers who re­turn home with in­juries, So­cial Se­cu­rity is a re­source they can turn to. If you know any wounded vet­er­ans, please let them know about So­cial Se­cu­rity’s Wounded War­riors web­site. You can find it at www.so­cialse­cu­rity.gov/ wound­ed­war­riors.

The Wounded War­riors web­site an­swers many com­monly asked ques­tions and shares other use­ful in­for­ma­tion about dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing how vet­er­ans can re­ceive ex­pe­dited pro­cess­ing of dis­abil­ity claims. Ben­e­fits avail­able through So­cial Se­cu­rity are dif­fer­ent than those from the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs and re­quire a sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tion.

The ex­pe­dited process is used for mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers who be­come dis­abled while on ac­tive mil­i­tary ser­vice on or af­ter Oc­to­ber 1, 2001, re­gard­less of where the dis­abil­ity oc­curs.

Even ac­tive duty mil­i­tary who con­tinue to re­ceive pay while in a hos­pi­tal or on med­i­cal leave should con­sider ap­ply­ing for dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits if they’re un­able to work due to a dis­abling con­di­tion. Ac­tive duty sta­tus and re­ceipt of mil­i­tary pay doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily pre­vent pay­ment of So­cial Se­cu­rity dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits. Al­though a per­son can’t re­ceive So­cial Se­cu­rity dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits while en­gag­ing in sub­stan­tial work for pay or profit, re­ceipt of mil­i­tary pay­ments should never stop some­one from ap­ply­ing for dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits from So­cial Se­cu­rity.

So­cial Se­cu­rity is proud to sup­port vet­er­ans and ac­tive duty mem­bers of the mil­i­tary. Let these he­roes know they can count on us.

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