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.
Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that more the 24,000 veterans will be given another chance to receive disability compensation for their traumatic brain injuries (TBI), despite the fact that their claims were initially denied.
Given the many issues plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - including unreasonably long wait times for health care and various problems with the disability application process - it is no wonder why many people are calling for the privatization of the VA.
Are you a veteran who has applied for VA disability benefits? Have you encountered problems during the application process? Was your claim denied?
A recent story in the Los Angeles Times tells the story of a veteran who has been seeking full disability compensation. This wouldn't be that unusual, except that he has been doing so since 1985.
Disabled vets will probably receive a cost of living adjustment (COLA) in their disability benefit checks in 2016. On July 28, the House of Representatives passed the COLA for veterans receiving disability benefits. The actual amount of the COLA is unknown, however, because by law it will be the same as the increase in Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration will not announce the increased percentage until October.
Filing a claim for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs is complicated enough. But many vets make mistakes that result in unnecessary denials and delays. Common mistakes include:
This blog has previously discussed the challenges faced by C-123 pilots and crew members who serviced these planes after the war in Vietnam. These planes had been contaminated by Agent Orange, a herbicide widely used to remove the foliage in the jungle. The planes continued to be used for years after the war ended for cargo transport and medical evacuations.