Military Chaplain related links
Remembering World War II and Chaplains Who Gave All
Four Chaplain’s Related Sites
Narsarsuaq Museum A museum at the site of the former U.S. Army Air Corps base in Narsarsuaq, Greenland. This base was the destination of the U.S.A.T Dorchester and where the survivor’s of the ship’s sinking were taken.
Maritime Related Sites
References for veterans and our supporters
https://www.movingoptions.com/moving/military-move-relocation/ – One of the best and worst parts of being in a military family is seeing and living all over the world. While you get to experience different places and cultures quite often, you also have to endure the moving process more than you’d like to. Fortunately, there are companies out there to help you with this move as much as possible. This site will help guide you. Note: This is for reference purposes only and does not indicate endorsement.
They volunteered their time and service to our country. They sacrificed their comfort and peace of mind. “They” are the veterans of the United States military. Many men and women retire from the military with memories they wish they didn’t have. For many of them, these plaguing thoughts have the power to wreak havoc on their lives and those of their loved ones. In many cases, veterans turn to drugs and alcohol as a result of various mental disorders associated with these thoughts, especially PTSD. Luckily, there are resources available to help.
Are you a veteran struggling with a substance misuse or co-occurring disorder (PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc.)? Are you a friend or other loved one of a veteran, and you want to learn more about substance use and PTSD among veterans or the ways you can help them? If so, you’ll find the answers to your questions on this page, including information on rehab centers and VA options.
VETERAN SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE (please note this is being provided for information and the Chapel of Four Chaplains does not receive any benefit to providing this information to you)
How to Qualify for Social Security Benefits at The Same Time as VA Disability
If you are unable to work because of a medical condition, you might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits that are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Your condition must meet specific medical criteria for you to be classified as disabled and approved for benefits. If your condition is the result of your active military duty, you can qualify for service-connected disability benefits from the Veterans Administration (VA). If you are completely disabled, you can qualify for both kinds of monthly disability benefits.
The VA will review your application for benefits based on your service-connected disabilities. If you have a rating of 0%, they are confirming there is a problem, but it is not compensable at that time. You will receive compensation based on your disability rating. As an example, a rating of 10% will warrant monthly compensation, but you are not completely disabled by your military-related condition unless your disability rating is 100%. Regardless of your military disability rating and compensation level, you could also qualify for SSDI benefits. If your military condition deteriorates, you can ask for it to be reevaluated, as you might receive a higher compensable rating that will result in increased monthly benefits.
The SSA will consider all your medical conditions, not just your service-connected disabilities. So, if you have a VA compensable disability rating of 10% but you have other medical issues that meet the criteria of the SSA medical guide, which is the Blue Book, you can be approved for SSDI. The SSA does not offer disability benefits for only partial disability. Instead, it must be determined that you are fully disabled and cannot work at all to earn a living. While the VA will compensate for partial disability, the SSA will not. The VA only compensates for service-connected disabilities, and you don’t have to be completely disabled.
Will Being Approved for VA Benefits Help My SSDI Claim?
You might wonder if being approved for one kind of disability will help your claim for other disability benefits. That is dependent on the situation and the circumstances. Sometimes it might make it much easier and other times it might not have any kind of affect at all. In the past, if you had a VA disability rating of 70% or more, your chances of being approved for SSDI benefits were improved. In the past, courts gave the disability decisions made by the VA great weight, which means that they helped your chances of being approved for SSDI.
The SSA published new regulations in 2017 that indicate the SSA will not take approvals for VA benefits into consideration when they are considering an application for disability benefits. With these new guidelines, the written decisions for claim denials and hearings will not include details as to whether the records for the VA’s approval records were considered in making the determination. The SSA will consider any evidence that the VA considered when they ruled on your VA benefits approval. Medical records are shared electronically between the VA, the Department of Defense, and the SSA. These electronic records can be used in expediting the processing of claims for veterans who have a 100% compensable disability rating or are Wounded Warriors, so they will help with that process significantly.
SSDI Approval Would Not Help with A VA Benefits Claim
If you have been approved for SSDI, you might find that decision will not have any affect on your VA disability claim. If you have been approved for SSDI first, the VA will not give that decision much weight, because usually it is not clear whether the disabilities that got your approval were service-related or non-service-related. Most veterans have both service-related and non-service-related disabilities, and often, the VA can attribute your disabilities to non-service connected problems. The VA, however, does have to consider your SSA file and decision. The VA is responsible for requesting that file while they review your claim. The key to a successful claim is making sure your file is complete and that all documentation is in order.
Starting Your Application
The easiest way to apply for Social Security disability benefits is online at the SSA’s website. You may be able to have someone else apply on your behalf, if you are unable to do so yourself.
If you wish to do so, you can also apply for SSDI benefits at your local SSA office. Most claims are approved within five months.
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