The Social Security Administration issued a press release on Wednesday February 19th announcing a new expedited disability process for Veterans filing for Social Security Disability.  The plan is for the expedited process is scheduled to commence mid-March 2014.

In order to receive expedited service, the Veteran must tell Social Security they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100% permanent and total disability and provide proof of this rating with a their VA Notification letter.   Note that the VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing, and does not provide any guarantees of approval for Social Security disability benefits.  The Veteran must still meet the criteria and requirements for Social Security disability allowance.  Like other claims, in order to establish Social Security disability, the Veteran generally needs to be receiving ongoing treatment for impairments preventing their ability to perform substantial gainful activity.  VA disability ratings matter to some degree but are not binding on the Social Security Administration.