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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit program administered by the US government to help citizens with disabilities. It is an initiative that seeks to provide monetary assistance and benefits for people who are suffering from their disabilities. Whether the disability is congenital or a result of an injury, any disabled person who has worked and meets the requirements may qualify for the SSDI benefits.
One of the usual concerns regarding SSDI is that it takes quite a long time for qualified Social Security beneficiaries to receive benefits. This, along with some other questions about social security disability eligibility, is one of the elements that the government is trying to resolve as developments in rules and regulations are now being implemented for Veterans.
An article written February 19, 2014 states that the government is planning to expedite the social security benefits of qualified Veterans who were injured or disabled in the war:
“Social Security will treat these Veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors,” the organization said in a press release.
Plans call for the expedited process to begin mid-March.
“Our Veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and it is only right that we ensure they have timely access to the disability benefits they may be eligible for and deserve,” Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn Colvin said in the news release.
This could be a good sign for most people with disabilities as there are efforts being made to reorganize and develop the systems for the SSDI. Though it is only focused on speeding up the process for Veterans, it is a sign that the government may improve more on this program for others with disability.
Overall, the application for SSDI benefits has many steps, often involving legal documents and representations. Since the government has made clear definitions on which disabilities qualify for benefits, it is best for one to consult social security disability lawyers from firms like Jan Dils Attorneys at Law to understand better the program and its systems.
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Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law