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SSDI approval process streamlined for veterans

Veterans of the U.S. military have been willing to lay their lives on the line for their nation. So it only makes sense for the nation to shorten the line veterans must wait in for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) approval.

Beginning next month, veterans who apply for SSDI at the Newark office or other locales will experience significantly shorter wait-times, the agency has announced.

The Social Security Administration said it will cut weeks of waiting by expediting SSDI claims submitted by veterans deemed fully disabled by the VA (Department of Veteran Affairs).

The change means disabled veterans move to the front of the review line, along with members of the military who were wounded in combat.

A congressman who has been pushing Social Security to expedite veterans’ claims says vets deserve this “very good result.”

The agency says it cannot at this point estimate how many people will benefit from the expedited process, but believes that over time, tens of thousands of disabled veterans will have shorter waits for decisions.

According to the VA, about 10 percent of all veterans who receive disability benefits have been deemed fully disabled.

Of course, in many situations, people wait for a decision from the agency, only to be disappointed that their claim for benefits has been denied.

For those in that situation, please remember that a denial doesn’t mean the review process is finished. Applicants can appeal SSDI denials to an administrative judge. Applicants can also enlist the aid of an SSDI attorney to help them navigate the complicated legal process.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Social Security to expedite veteran disability claims," Yvonne Wegner and John Fritze, Feb. 18, 2014

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