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Wounded Warrior Process

Definition - What does Wounded Warrior Process mean?

The wounded warrior process is a procedure for disabled veterans to get expedited processing of their disability claims for Social Security. Personnel who became disabled while serving in the military on or after October 1, 2001, are entitled to expedited processing of their disability claims. This process is applicable only for those veterans with a compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total Disability (P&T) from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and cannot perform any full-time work.

Justipedia explains Wounded Warrior Process

The disability claims of military personnel who are permanently disabled and cannot undertake any full-time work are put on fast track processing by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). Unlike the Department of Veteran Affairs, which awards benefits even for partial disability, SSA awards disability benefits only to those veterans who suffer from total disability. Most of the time, SSA automatically expedites the processing for veterans who qualify. A veteran should remember to request expedited processing as a wounded warrior while applying for disability benefits. In order to gauge whether a veteran is entitled to expedited processing, the SSA uses a Critical Request Evaluation Form. Only those veterans who became disabled on or after October 1, 2001, while in active military service qualify for the wounded warrior process.

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