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Definition of Wounded Warrior

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has implemented several programs to help expedite the SSDI and SSI claims for certain applicants. Wounded Warriors is one of these programs. Under the Wounded Warrior program the SSA will expedite disability claims of military service members who become disabled while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

The Wounded Warrior program allows certain disabled veterans to have their Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits expedited. To win SSDI or SSI veterans must meet the same criteria as other applicants. For instance, for SSDI veterans must not be working and performing substantial gainful activity, they must have sufficient work credits and they must have a condition which is expected to last for at least 12 continuous months. Consider, however, under some conditions, military personnel who are on active duty status may still qualify for SSDI.

Talk to the SSA if you have questions about your medical treatment at a military medical facility and working in a designated therapy program or on limited duty to determine if your level of work activity allows you to qualify for SSDI benefits.

Military veterans may also qualify for other benefits offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs. The Wounded Warrior program should not be confused with benefits offered by the VA. Talk to the VA if you have questions about whether you will qualify for VA benefits.

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