Yes, injured vets can seek both veterans disability benefits - otherwise known as service-related or service-connected disability compensation - and Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In fact, disabled veterans often have many more options for benefits than they realize.
If you are considering applying for veterans' disability benefits, you may have heard about the three-part test.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, resigned last week amid a growing scandal at VA medical facilities. Prompted by the fallout from an inspector general's report that found that vets at the Phoenix VA were waiting an average of 115 days to see a primary care doctor, the secretary's resignation ended a tenure that was characterized by intractable problems.
A recent Wall Street Journal Memorial Day piece urged readers to not only honor those who died while serving their country, but also celebrate those who lived.
There is no shortage of stories about veterans waiting for their VA disability benefits. The backlog of applications, currently around 825,000, makes this inevitable. Take the case of Matt Hannan, a former Marine gunnery sergeant with 15 years of service and two tours in Iraq to his credit.
If you had problems with your VA disability claim in Arizona, you're not alone. A recent audit of the agency that handles veterans disability benefits in Phoenix showed that the office made mistakes with nearly half of the claims submitted for temporary disability, traumatic brain injury and herbicide exposure. The claims backlog in the Phoenix office is 22,700, with an average wait time of one year.
The percentage of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans applying for veterans' disability benefits has hit an all-time high, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans who were deployed overseas to fight in those conflicts have applied for disability benefits. That is more than twice the rate for Gulf War veterans - 21 percent of these veterans are estimated to have applied for and received disability benefits.
The VA expects to spend around $57 billion on disability benefits next year, an increase of 25 percent over this year and 400 percent of the amount spent in 2000, $15 billion. What's going on?