SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSIONER: REMEMBERING
THOSE WHO SERVE
By Guest Columnist Michael J. Astrue
Commissioner of Social Security
Day approaching, I think it’s important to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. We at
Social Security honor the heroism and courage of our military service members and mourn for those who have given their lives
in defense of freedom.
It is also
important to recognize those service members who are still with us, especially those who have recently been wounded.
why I’d like to take this opportunity to remind readers that military service members receive expedited processing of
their disability applications from Social Security. In fact, under an agreement initiated by Social Security, the Department
of Defense now transmits information to us that allows us to quickly identify military personnel injured in Operations Enduring
Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
process is available for any military service members who become disabled during active duty on or after October 1, 2001,
regardless of where the disability occurs.
on the situation, some family members of military personnel also may be able to receive benefits, including dependent children
If you, or
someone you know, were wounded while on active duty in the military, find out more about what Social Security can do for you
by visiting our website designed specifically for you: www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. There, you will find answers to a number of commonly asked questions, as well as other useful information about
disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Please pay special attention to the fact sheets available on that
website titled Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors and Expediting
Disability Applications for Wounded Warriors.
also find links to useful VA websites, such as the “Seamless Transition Home” link, and the “Veterans ONline
Day, join me as I honor those who gave their lives for our nation, and salute those who served as well as those who continue
more about what Social Security is doing to serve wounded warriors, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. For the families of service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice, Social Security survivors benefits
may be payable. To learn more about eligibility for survivors benefits, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/survivorplan.
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