Matt Nielson Disability Law, a Utah law firm, applauds new initiative to expedite disability benefits to some veterans, but says it falls short of helping the vast majority.
Sandy, UT -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2014 -- Matt Nielson Disability Law, a Utah Social Security Disability firm, confirms that the Social Security Administration will expedite the disability application process for those veterans who have a disability rating of 100 percent “permanent and total” by the Veterans Affairs Department.
“This step ensures a few applications will be processed quickly, however the fast-track application action should be a consideration for all veterans who have served this country,” suggests advocate Barrie Nielson of Matt Nielson Disability law
The new ruling is a step in the right direction, however, it falls short in meeting the needs of thousands of veterans who are deemed 100 percent disabled by the VA but do not fall into the category of “permanent and total.” Also, the initiative does not deem veterans a high priority status who are considered disabled because they hold a non-total 100 percent rating, or they are not employable, although they became disabled during their time of service, explains Nielson.
Whether a veteran qualifies for the new initiative or not, there are a couple areas that should be clarified concerning government benefits for veterans. If a veteran receives VA compensation, it will not affect Social Security Disability benefits if the application is approved. It is not considered out of order to receive both at the same time. Both programs can run concurrently. Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are based upon what the veteran has paid into the system. VA disability benefits compensate the veteran for impairment connected to the time of service. There is no reason to delay applying for both benefits simultaneously.
Although the new program will hasten the process for some veterans, it does not guarantee approval for Social Security Disability benefits. Veterans still must meet the strict requirements for a disability allowance.
To learn more about the new veterans initiative or Social Security Disability benefits, contact Barrie Nielson at 801.566.1860 or read more at http://UtahSocialSecurityDisability.com. “Our disability law team is unique in that we work with clients from the very beginning. We help clients prepare their initial application which goes a long way toward setting up a favorable decision from the start,” says Nielson.
About Utah Social Security Disability Advocate Barrie Nielson
Barrie Nielson has a Masters Degree of Liberal Studies with a focus on SSD insurance. He has been a vocational expert for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, appearing as a witness in over 1700 cases. He has been a registered Social Security Disability advocate since 1992, successfully serving clients across the nation.
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