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Social Security Highlights Ongoing Efforts to Help Veterans Through 'Wounded Warrior' Initiative

In May our nation celebrates Memorial Day to honor military service members who have given their lives for our country and at Social Security, they want to remind families who have lost loved ones that Social Security benefits may be payable to surviving family members including spouses and children.


Jack Myers with Social Security says you can learn more about those benefits at www.ssa.gov/survivors. They also want to recognize and support our wounded warriors through Social Security disability benefits can help financially if you are unable to return to work.



As a thank you for your service, Social Security can expedite disability claims through its Wounded Warrior initiative if you became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001. Myers explains they can also expedite your disability claim if you have a VA Compensation Rating of 100% Permanent & Total. VA Disability benefits and Social Security disability benefits are different, and eligibility for one does not guarantee eligibility for the other. 



Myers hopes veterans will consider applying for both and notes you can learn more about the disability programs and the expedited claims process at www.ssa.gov/woundedwarriors.



Myers stresses you need to make sure you are using the URL - ssa-dot-gov. That 'dot-gov' will take you to the official Social Security site. 

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