Making the cut for Social Security disability benefits may not be the be-all end-all, warranting further checks for additional perks. Kala Kachmar of the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama reports on one such flap:
“In 1996, local Vietnam veteran Rubin Willis was deemed 100 percent disabled by the U.S. Army — the branch he served for more than 25 years.
It wasn’t until a few months ago that Willis found out he didn’t have to pay property taxes to the state or county because of his disability. Willis, like hundreds of thousands of other veterans, didn’t know about the benefit he was entitled to.
Willis, who has kept careful records of every tax payment he’s ever made, has paid more than $3,700 since 1996. And he won’t be able to get the money back.”
The dilemma confronting Willis may not be the only one in the entire country. All around the U.S., there are thousands of active and retired personnel from all branches of the armed forces who may be hindered by certain degrees of disability. Even if they were honorably separated from the service in some way, issues of disability may still hound them, and that will warrant the guidance of people skilled in helping their Social Security disability eligibility case, such as the professionals at Jan Dils, Attorneys-At-Law, LC.
Discussions with a preferred counsel may focus on the scale of the injury and the efforts to apply for commensurate disability benefits so far. Willis served in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, but sustained back injuries and was even hit by a .50-caliber round. The Social Security Administration also noted his plastic knee in recommending him for full disability.
Your lawyer must also take note of any other benefits you’ve been granted. Although it is not known if Willis had other sources of funds aside from his Social Security paychecks, he laments that a Veterans Affair counselor never informed him about the state or county property tax exemption during his retirement clearance. An Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program official claims that the clearance takes three days and even then there’s not enough time to talk to the soon-to-be former serviceperson about other benefits due them.
The challenge to fight on in the chance of being granted extra benefits is by no means impossible. Skilled social security disability lawyers from firms like Jan Dils will see you through.
(Source: Disabled veterans lose funds from unpublicized benefits, Montgomery Advertiser)