Members of the military who are injured or disabled while on active duty are entitled to both Social Security disability (SSD) benefits and veterans' disability benefits. There are, however, two different systems, administered by different agencies.
The U.S. Social Security Administration has an expedited application process for disabled members of the military. According to the SSA:
"Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs."
Disabled military members can try to apply for Social Security disability benefits themselves, but may want to work with a Social Security Disability attorney who has experience representing veterans.
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