The Social Security Administration has implemented a policy to help service members who become disabled during service to our country while in the armed forces. The policy is known as Social Security for Wounded Warriors. The policy provides that all armed service members who become disabled during service after October 1, 2001 shall receive expedited handling of their Social Security Disability Claim.
The Social Security Administration has not defined the term expedited handling; however, Lester Austin, a Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, indicated in a webinar on the issue that the average processing time with be significantly less for wounded warriors. Further, the expediting processing time also applies to appeals before the Office of Adjudication and Review.
This expedited processing program is an automatic benefit for individuals who became disabled during service, providing that the disability occurred after October 1, 2001. There is a question on the application that asks whether you became disabled during this time period while in service to our country. If you were injured during your service to our nation after October 1, 2001, then you should most certainly answer this question in the affirmative. You earned this right to expedited processing of your claim.