Approximately 25% of adults who receive Social Security benefits are veterans. There are numerous benefits available for indigent veterans and their families for those who qualify. Additionally, most of these benefits can be claimed at the same time, and in conjunction with, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. That being the case, the benefit are different and must be applied for through the Social Security Administration.
There are baseline requirements for indigent individuals to meet in order to draw Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Generally, anyone who is at least 65 years old and is either blind or disabled qualifies. Those individuals, however, must also:
- Have limited income;
- Have limited resources; and
- Is a US citizen or national, or fits into a qualified alien category;
- Is a resident;
- Is not out of the country for a full calendar month; and
- Meets others specific requirements.
When veterans served also makes a difference in the benefits they receive and how they are received. Indigent veterans from World War II are given specific benefits over other veterans. Expedited disability claims processing is available for veterans whose injuries lead to disabilities only after October 1, 2001, without regard to where the disability occurs.
The Social Security Administration looks at many factors before granting SSI benefits to indigent veterans. Economic status, time period of service, being indigent, work history, and medical history are all elements that will be taken into consideration in granting SSI benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA or require assistance with other forms of Social Security benefits such as SSI, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.