Benefits for Military Members

Social Security Disability Benefits for Military Members


When somebody has been injured in service there are not only health issues to deal with but lasting social and financial issues as well. As a part of the wounded warriors clause, both women and men serving in the military that became disabled on or following October 1, 2001 during active military duty have the right to make a claim for Social Security disability benefits. If you have a reading of 100% Permanent and Total you may qualify for these benefits and you will also find that the processing is expedited for your case.

You may make a claim as long as you were on active duty when the disability occurred. The term "active-duty" applies in the following situations:

  • Individuals in the reserves taking annual or full-time training
  • Individuals in the reserves that was called to active duty
  • Individuals in the reserves attending a military service school
  • Students attending a training facility for pre-deployment
  • Members on duty full-time in the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force
  • Students attending US military academies
  • Members serving duty for training purposes in the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force
  • Air Force or Army National Guard activated to full-time duty during a national emergency or war

Disability Benefits

There are 3 different types of disability benefits that you may qualify for including:

  • Social Security payments
  • Social Security disability payments
  • Veterans’ disability compensation

If you become disabled while serving actively in the military you may qualify for one or more of these benefits. If you are approved for one, however, you may not automatically be approved for another. For example, if the Veterans Administration has approved your claim, you might not get accepted for Social Security disability payments. Each of these benefits comes with its own qualification requirements. You will have to prove that you are disabled and this can be quite a complex procedure. You'll need to show the Social Security Administration that you cannot work due to a medical condition and that your condition is expected to last for at least one year or that it will result in death.


Family Benefits

The Social Security Administration may also determine that your family members are eligible for benefits. This may apply to your spouse, an unmarried child below the age of 18, an unmarried child attending school full time below the age of 19, a stepchild, grandchildren, an adopted child, and an older unmarried child that has a disability that started before the age of 22.

Working with an experienced lawyer will help take all of the complexities and complications out of the procedure. You may still qualify for benefits while you are getting military pay especially if you are on limited duty, in a medical military facility or are involved in a therapy program. Find out your rights today by consulting with a lawyer that will be by your side during the application process.