Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our country. Our disability program is part of our commitment to wounded combatants and their families. Social Security is an important resource for military personnel returning home with injuries. If you know a wounded veteran, please let them know about our Wounded Warriors webpage, www.ssa.gov/woundedwarriors.
Our Wounded Warriors webpage answers frequently asked questions about Social Security and shares helpful information about disability benefits. This page explains how Social Security benefits differ from benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs that require a separate application. We also explain how veterans can expedite the processing of their Social Security applications if they become disabled during active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.
Active-duty military personnel who continue to receive pay while in hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they are unable to work due to a debilitating condition. Active duty status and receiving military benefits does not necessarily prevent the payment of Social Security benefits.
We honor veterans and active duty military personnel every day by giving them the respect they deserve. Let these heroes know they can count on SSA when they need us most. They have earned these benefits! Our web pages are easy to share on social media and by email with your friends and family. Please consider passing this information on to someone who may need it.