On March 17, 2014, a new policy goes into effect: If a veteran has received a VA Notification letter with a compensation rating of 100% permanent and total (P&T), he or she may receive expedited processing when applying for Social Security disability benefits. Here’s how:
The veteran must first complete an application for Social Security disability benefits, indicating the 100% P&T rating. Please note, this does not mean the application will automatically be approved. His or her condition must also fit the Social Security office’s definition of disability and receive their approval.
For online applications (www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability), the phrase “Veteran 100% P&T” should be entered in the “Remarks” section.
When applying by phone through the national Social Security office (call 1-800-772-1213 or for the hearing impaired: TTY 1-800-325-0778) or through a local Social Security office, the representative should be notified immediately of the 100% P&T rating.
If visiting a local Social Security office in person, it’s important to first make an appointment. At the designated time, indicate the 100% P&T to the person handling the case.
Regardless of the mode of application, the veteran will be asked for documentation that proves the 100% P&T rating, so it’s important to save and bring a copy of the VA Notification letter.
While even with expedited service, it’s impossible to predict how long it will take the Social Security office to process a claim, the time frame depends on the nature of the disability and how quickly the proper authorities receive information from the applicant’s healthcare providers. As always, having the necessary documentation and records organized will make the process as fluid as possible.
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