On November 11 we’ll commemorate Veterans Day and Social Security has chosen to remind us of the role it can play in aiding veterans with disabilities.

Those who served in the military and who now have a disability are entitled to VA (Veterans Affairs) Disability Compensation if the disability was caused during active service, or they may receive a VA Disability Pension if they now have a disabling condition that was not caused by action in the service of the nation. Along with those benefits options, which are managed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, ex-servicemen and women may also qualify for the SSA’s administered Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

This year Social Security is highlighting the fact that those with a mental health issue that impacts their lives to the detriment of their ability to work are also considered to have a disability and may also qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits. Common issues for those leaving the military include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.

If you or someone you know is dealing with those issues you may wish to apply for benefits. You can do so here Apply for Social Security Benefits | SSA

*This blog was written on 11/10/23 but due to technical issues publication was delayed until 11/16/23.