In some cases, service members should not wait until after their discharge before applying for Social Security disability benefits. Service members on light duty or receiving treatment at a military medical facility may be eligible even though still considered to be on active duty. Social Security will evaluate your work activity to determine if you are eligible for benefits. Social Security will consider whether you are engaging in substantial work activity in making this determination.
You may apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors, in person at the nearest Social Security office or by calling 1-800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment. As a veteran myself, I understand the overwhelming amount of paperwork that accompanies your discharge from service. If your claim for Social Security disability benefits has been denied or you simply have questions about Social Security disability benefits, please contact the Whitley Law Firm.