As of Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Every day of the year, Americans across the nation remember friends and family members who have served and sacrificed for their country.
Memorial Day is a day when the nation comes together to honor those who have given their lives in the defense of freedom and the principles we hold dear in this country.
May is also National Military Appreciation Month. As the country observes Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month, Social Security would like to let members of the military know how much the country values what they do for our nation.
Social Security offers a wide range of services for our service members. Families of fallen military heroes may be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits. Learn more about Social Security survivor benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/survivors.htm.
For service members who return home with injuries, Social Security is here to help. Visit the Wounded Warriors website at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. Social Security provides an expedited process for military service members who become disabled while on active military service, regardless of where the disability occurs.
The Wounded Warriors website answers a number of commonly asked questions, and shares other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims.
It is important to note that benefits available through Social Security are different from those paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application.
Even active duty military who continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they are unable to work due to a disabling condition.
Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Receipt of military payments should never stop someone from applying for disability benefits from Social Security.
If you’ve served in the Armed Forces and you’re planning your retirement, you’ll want to read the Social Security publication, Military Service and Social Security at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10017.html.
Social Security honors all those who served in the military and remembers those who died for their country.
Kirk Larson is a Social Security Washington public affairs specialist