The United States Social Security Administration administers benefits and ensures financial protection for around 64 million individuals in the nation. Social security benefit payments are made to adults and children with disabilities, retirees, and surviving family members with the objective of maintaining the welfare and protection of American citizens. The Administration also offers Medicare benefits to eligible individuals. In addition to providing benefits for veterans, it also protects dependents of service members such as widows, widowers and children dependent on them by offering survivors’ benefits. Disability lawyers can help wounded military service members obtain disability benefits by submitting claims on their behalf and working to expedite the claim processing. Veterans having a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total stand a good chance of getting their disability claims processed quickly.
SS benefits as well as military retirement benefits are available for service members – the military retirement benefit will not reduce the SS retirement benefit amount. At the age of 65, service members can apply for Medicare benefits. However, health benefits may change for those members already enrolled in health insurance programs from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or under the TRICARE or CHAMPVA programs when they become eligible for Medicare.
The SSA has always made an effort to encourage people to plan for their futures. To offer higher quality service to Americans, the SSA has launched its Vision 2025 program that was designed taking into account ideas and insights from diverse sources such as the public, advocates, unions, employees, management associations and members of Congress. Those who wish to voice their opinions, provide feedback and share their own vision can visit the government website www.socialsecurity.gov/vision2025.
Statistics show that at least 33% of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before they touch age 67 and will be eligible for SS disability benefits. Out of the total benefits paid, 16% is going to disabled workers and their dependents. 10% of total SS benefits are paid to survivors of deceased workers. It is important therefore that people start thinking about Social Security even before age 60 because many workers may need it before they reach retirement age.