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Filing for Disability in Florida for Veterans

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Florida is considered one of the most veteran-friendly states in the US. It is next only to Texas and California in terms of veteran population size, playing host to 1.5 million of which 75% are wartime veterans and 160,000 are women. It would not require a stretch of the imagination to discover that providing disability claims assistance is one of the services provided by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

While there is no actual state-sponsored disability benefit for veterans in Florida, the state’s Division of Disability Determinations does make it easier for veterans to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD). The state also provides claims assistance for Disability Compensation under the federal government’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

Florida is ordinarily a tough nut to crack when it comes to the DDD screening process for disability claims. Slight less than 27% of all claims passing through Florida is approved under the single decision maker (SDM) model for claims processing which is also used in North Carolina. However, veterans get a break if their disability was the result or aggravated by active physical duty.

Veterans may even be eligible for a special exemption to the VA waiver (reduction of disability payments if the veteran is receiving retirement pay) under specific circumstances. The Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) enables a veteran to receive full military pension as well as full disability benefits provided the veteran is:

  • Receiving retirement pay
  • Retirement pay is reduced by
  • VA disability payments
  • Disabled at least 10%
  • Disabled as a direct result of a combat-related event

If CRSC is not applicable, it is entirely possible for a military veteran to receive both disability compensation from the federal government both as a civilian and a veteran. But because there are so many variables when it comes to disability of a veteran, it is advisable to get professional help from an experienced disability claim lawyer in Florida. The free claims assistance service is well and good, but the counselors will not have the time or resources to provide you with all the facts that you need to know about filing for disability in Florida.

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