Last week, Social Security revealed a new initiative to expedite disability claims by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & 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 Wounded Warriors. Social Security plans to launch the expedited process in mid-March.
In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must inform Social Security of their VA disability compensation rating of 100% Partial and Total and provide proof of their disability rating with their VA Notification Letter. Importantly, the new initiative only expedites Social Security disability claims processing – it does not guarantee an approval for disability benefits. These veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.
To learn more about disability benefits for veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total, you can visit Social Security’s website or contact us with any questions you may have.