WWP have an expedite process for military service "ON or AFTER October 1, 2001...
Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application.
The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.
You may apply for disability benefits at any time while in military status or after discharge, whether you are still hospitalized, in a rehabilitation program, or undergoing out-patient treatment in a military or civilian medical facility. You may apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors, in person at the nearest Social Security office, by mail, or by telephone.
You can speed the decision on your application for benefits by being prepared for your interview. We can take prompt action on your claim if you:
- Let us know right away that your disability occurred while on active military duty;
- Have information available regarding all the doctors you have seen and the address of the military site where your records are kept;
- Notify us of any address changes you have while we are working on your claim; and
- Inform us about any changes in doctors, hospitals, or outpatient clinics where you are receiving treatment.
After we receive your application for Social Security disability benefits, we will identify it as a military service member claim and expedite it through all phases of processing, both at Social Security and the DDS. We also expedite disability claims filed online