According to the US Social Security Administration, there are 9.4 million military veterans depending on Social Security benefits, whether for old age, disability or survivor benefits. The majority of veterans under the age of 62 who receive Social Security benefits obtain them in the form of disability benefits.
According to Strengthen Social Security, a non-profit coalition, approximately 771,000 veterans receive Social Security disability benefits. Disability benefits can be crucial for younger veterans who cannot work due to their disabilities, especially those with families to support. The benefit amount averages $1,100 to $1,200 per month. However, many more people apply for benefits than receive them each year. Having an attorney who knows what information to provide the Social Security Administration with can make a huge difference in the likelihood that you will receive benefits.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released numbers that showed a significant increase in applications for disability benefits through the Veterans Benefits Administration. Between 2009 and 2011, the percentage of applications jumped 30 percent. Social Security benefits and the VA are independent of one another, but looking at the numbers of disabled veterans applying for any type of federal assistance shows just how important disability benefits are to our wounded veterans and how high the need is. On Wednesday we will discuss how the VA system and Social Security handle disability issues differently.
These high numbers of disability benefits applicants mean that having a well-organized, strong application is essential to gain benefits. If you are planning to file for Social Security disability benefits, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability lawyer. We offer free consultations and you can reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.