If you're applying for SSDI after military service, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
1. You may be eligible for more than one kind of benefit.
SSDI and regular military benefits differ, but some people are eligible for both. It depends on a lot of factors, including your work history and how you were wounded or disabled. The best way to figure out which benefits apply to you is to check with these important groups:
- Social Security Administration (SSA)
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Department of Defense
- Your military branch
2. The SSA has an expedited option for active duty military members.
If you were injured while on active duty, you can get your application expedited. You need to make sure you notify the SSA that your application is for a member of the military. The faster application process should apply to you no matter where in the world the injury occured.
3. Most military applicants for SSDI will need an attorney to help.
It's extremely common to be denied SSDI, no matter who you are. For members of the military, the process can be even more complicated. A lot of benefits overlap, and a lot of different organizations are involved. So there's ample room for mistakes to happen.
An SSDI attorney can help you if you're denied. You'll have a very limited time (usually 60 days) to appeal, and in that time an attorney can look over your application and figure out how to fix problems that might have gotten you denied the first time around.
Our lawyers put together strong appeals for SSDI applicants. If you need help with your SSDI claim, don't wait. Your time to appeal is short.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us to set up your free consultation.