As a city with a military base, San Diego residents know that the brave men and women in our nation's armed forces put their lives on the line to protect not only our country, our freedom, and our democratic rights, but those of others, too. The least we can do to pay back these service members is ensure that they are taken care of when they return home. This is especially true when they are wounded while serving our country.
Fortunately, injured veterans are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, just like everyone else. Additionally, those who are deemed to have a 100 percent permanent and total compensation rating are eligible to have their SSD claims expedited. Whereas it may take a year or more for civilians to have their initial claim adjudicated, disabled members of the military and veterans may have their claims decided in a matter of months. This can help them get the money they need quicker so that they don't have to worry about how they are going to make ends meet when they are unable to work.