Accession Number : ADA508120
Title : SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY; Additional Outreach and Collaboration on Sharing Medical Records Would Improve Wounded Warriors' Access to Benefits
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
Report Date : Sep 2009
Pagination or Media Count : 79
Abstract : Disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be an important source of financial support for some wounded warriors, and Congress has mandated that the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) help them learn about and apply for such benefits. GAO was asked to determine: (1) how many wounded warriors have applied and been approved for SSA benefits and the extent to which they are receiving benefits from across the three agencies; (2) what steps DOD, VA, and SSA have taken to inform wounded warriors about SSA benefits, and the challenges that confront this process; and (3) steps taken by all three agencies to facilitate the processing of wounded warrior disability claims. Focusing on those wounded since 2001, GAO reviewed policy documents, contacted DOD and VA medical facilities, surveyed wounded warriors, and analyzed administrative data.
Descriptors : *BENEFITS , *SOCIAL SECURITY , POLICIES , SHARING , RECORDS , MEDICAL SERVICES , CONGRESS , MILITARY PERSONNEL , WOUNDS AND INJURIES
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Economics and Cost Analysis
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE