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Social Security speeds up disability response time for veterans

While Americans throughout the United States recently honored our veterans and fallen heroes on Veteran's Day, the Social Security Administration, or SSA, posted a blog on their Social Security Matters website informing vets of recent efforts to help care for military members and their families suffering from illnesses, injuries and mental conditions.

The administration announced a partnership with the Veterans Affairs administration, or VA, to expedite disability claims with Social Security to assure that veterans' needs are met on a more timely and efficient basis. In the recent past, the Veterans Affairs administration has been under fire when complaints and studies showed unacceptable wait times and inconveniences in caring for our nation's veterans.

In the past, determining the disability of a veteran required going through standard procedures with the Social Security Administration, which still has a significant wait time before eligibility could be determined. Due to this new partnership, however, the process has been streamlined. Medical records can now be sent electronically between administrations to speed up the process.

According to their website, the Social Security Administration currently has partnered with over 50 health partners, as well as the Department of Defense, throughout over 7,000 facilities to exchange health records. As technology advances and Social Security continues to make improvements, those who receive Social Security Disability insurance or who potentially qualify due to a long-term illness, injury or mental condition may continue to see improvements in the efficiency of the application process. To learn about the application process, victims should visit the SSA website.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Social Security and Veteran Affairs Partnership Speeds Disability Decisions for Veterans," Jim Borland, Nov. 9, 2016

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