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Injured veterans' Social Security Disability benefits claims

Following deployment, many American soldiers return with severe injuries. Some do not return at all. Thus, this time might be one of the most critical times in American history to take care of the soldiers who may have suffered injuries while defending our country.

Under Missouri law, veterans who claim Social Security Disability benefits for injuries caused in the course of military service may find it easier to claim benefits as compared to others. Such expeditious processing of disability benefits for veterans can help all those who have been injured during active deployment and service.

Veterans have the right to claim disability benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or even as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, which are two different programs. While SSDI is based on one's work history and saving accumulated over a period of time, SSI is a needs-based benefits program. The veteran wishing to claim the disability benefits must provide numerous documents in order to establish his or her claim for Social Security Disability benefits. Many find it beneficial to get professional legal help in order to aid the process.

Sometimes veterans may get payments from the military for the service provided during their tenure. Many veterans have suffered such severe injuries that they cannot find any kind of employment. Additionally, the heavy medical and physical therapy expenses may aggravate their financial woes. Upon filing the necessary paperwork, authorities may assess the medical expenses incurred, along with any free medical service that may be provided by the military, in order to gauge the amount of benefits to be given to the claimant.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Information for wounded warriors and veterans who have a compensation rating of 100% permanent & total (P&T)," accessed Jan. 2, 2015

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