Today we thank and honor our nation’s veterans for their service to our country.
- The Social Security Administration will give expedited processing to disability claims filed by military service members who become disabled on or after October 1, 2001, while on active military service, regardless of where the disability occurs. Benefits available through Social Security are different from the benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. To obtain more information about benefits for wounded warriors, visit the Social Security Administration’s website.
- The Social Security Administration has published final rules about the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax (HEART) Act. The HEART Act: (1) Treats most cash military compensation as earned income for purposes of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, which generally results in a higher benefit because of the SSI program’s more favorable consideration of earned income; (2) Excludes, from countable income and resources used to determine SSI eligibility, certain State annuity payments to aged, blind or disabled veterans; and (3) Excludes from countable income any cash or in-kind payments provided by AmeriCorps State and National and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. To learn more about the SSI program, contact me or visit the Social Security Administration website.