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New Expedited Social Security Disability Process for Veterans

The Social Security Administration has announced that it has begun expediting disability claims for veterans receiving VA service-connected compensation benefits and who have a rating of 100% “Permanent and Total” disability from the VA. According to Emergency Message EM-14013, which provides processing instructions:

The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an allowance for [Social Security] disability benefits. These veterans must still meet Social Security eligibility and entitlement requirements for a disability allowance.

The new expedited process does not apply to veterans with a 100% Permanent and Total disability rating for non-service connected pension benefits.

The expedited process will apply at all levels, similar to the procedure used with terminal illness (TERI) cases. The veteran’s VA Notification Letter indicating a disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total disability is the required proof. The original, photocopy, or facsimile of the letter will be acceptable.

EM-14013 provides processing instructions for calls to the 800 number; for field offices, including direct calls, walk-ins, and phone interviews; and for hearing level situations. The EM is available at

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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