The Social Security Administration has announced that effective March 17, 2014, it will expedited disability claims for veterans receiving VA service-connected compensation benefits and who have a rating of 100% “permanent and total” disability from the Veterans Administration. According to a recent press release, the VA rating can only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an allowance for Social Security Disability benefits. Veterans must still meet Social Security eligibility and entitlement requirements fora disability allowance
The new expedited process does not apply to veterans with a 100% permanent and total disability rating for non-service connected pension benefits.
The expedited process will apply at all levels, similar to the procedure used with terminal illness cases. Proof of 100% permanent and total disability from the VA is the original, photocopy or facsimile of the VA letter of approval.
Social Security Disability attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. of Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, represents U.S. Veterans seeking Social Security Disability benefits.