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Seniors

November 9, 2009

Social Security serves those who serve America

TERRE HAUTE — Every day of the year, Americans in the armed forces serve our nation. At Social Security, we honor our nation’s military personnel and all of America’s veterans not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.

In fact, military service members receive expedited processing of their disability applications from Social Security. Under an agreement initiated by Social Security, the Department of Defense transmits information that allows us to quickly identify military personnel injured in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The expedited process is available for any military service member who becomes disabled during active duty on or after Oct. 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel also may be able to receive benefits, including dependent children and spouses.

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 Web site designed specifically for our wounded veterans: 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.

Please pay special attention to the fact sheets available on that Web site, Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors and Expediting Disability Applications for Wounded Warriors.

You’ll also find links to useful Veterans Affairs Web sites. There are links to information about the “Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Home,” information on Survivors Benefits, the Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes, a fact sheet on Veterans benefits, and the Veterans On-Line Application, known as VONAPP.

Although the expedited service is relatively new, military personnel have been covered under Social Security since 1957. Even people in the service before 1957 may receive special credit for some of their service. People in the military are covered for the same Social Security survivors, disability and retirement benefits as everyone else.

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