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Its been 19 yrs since I went through the VA Comp and SDD hoops,My info on it would be outdated. I would go ahead get the SSD process started. I did see a something about a Expedited SSD program for wounded Vets recently,might check their website for that,I was doing a change of address at a local office and saw it in a Pamplet.You could Visit your local (VSO) Veterans Service Officer and the DAV was a tremendous help to me.
Whatever you do dont ever give up ,
Make Copies of everything,Never give up your originals,Start a journal,,record every medical appt,every medication.When you mailed in stuff and when you recieved something.Keep your own Medical File with all Hosptial and Clinic visits.Its a pain to do all this but I never regreted doing it.
Ditto for me, my disability was filed many years ago. The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) were very helpful while I was processing my disability claim. In all honesty, all of the government processes for disability are very confusing at best and equally discouraging. Don't let that stop you or your husband at any point while proceeding with service connection disability. SSD is similar in taking a long time and discouraging. Start immediately, keep those records together, a journal, medical support, medication treatment and stay on top of the "system." There are many individuals waitng to hear decisions and not enough administrators to process the requests. However, the rules may have changed for current veterans service connected, so definitely contact a service organization, I recommend DAV. If there is ability to expedite your husband's claim, by all means use it. If that means contacting a Congressperson, by all means do so. It is a challenging process and at usually a difficult time in individuals lives. But hang in there, get the support you need and keep those records available and current.
Best of luck,