As a veteran, you hold a special status in the country that can help you in many cases. You dedicated yourself to service this country, which is something that earn you recognition and the ability to receive services that are not available to civilians. One area in New York where you can see some benefits from your time in the service is when it comes to applying for Social Security Disability benefits. 

According to the Social Security Administration, there is an expedited application process for SSDI if you are a veteran. You can use this process if you have a 100% permanent and total rating from Veterans Affairs. This allows you to seek a faster approval of your application than someone who goes through the normal application process. 

Do keep in mind that this does not reduce or remove any of the basic requirements that you must meet. You still must meet all the requirements the SSA has set to qualify for these benefits. However, having the rating from the VA helps to expedite things because that eliminates the need to go through many of the verification processes to determine if you meet the SSA’s definition of disability for these benefits. 

Remember that your disability must last for at least a year or more. In addition, you must be unable to work due to your condition. Typically, your VA rating will cover both of these requirements. With an expedited process, you will usually see a much faster decision on your application. This information is for education and is not legal advice.