On August 2, Congress passed the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which seeks to address the issue of veterans exposed to burn pits while serving in the military. This bill helps those who, until now, may have struggled to obtain disability benefits or healthcare due to the poorly understood nature of toxic exposure to burn pits. It is expected that around five million veterans will benefit from this new law.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is one of the most common psychological problems that veterans face when their service is over. Unfortunately, many veterans lack the understanding they need to deal with their condition appropriately. Here are five things you should know about PTSD as a veteran: Continue reading “Five Things You Need to Know About PTSD As a Veteran”
When people think about applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they often think in terms of physical illnesses or injuries. However, there are plenty of people who suffer from psychological problems without an accompanying physical disability that can still benefit from SSDI or SSI. But can a psychological disorder alone really qualify you for Social Security disability benefits?
The process of applying for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can be long and difficult, which makes it all the worse if you get denied. Fortunately, there are a few common mistakes you can watch for to make sure your application has the best chance of getting approved. Here are five of the biggest reasons that applications for VA benefits get denied:
Before you can obtain either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you will need to be evaluated by Disability Determination Services (DDS). This office is a critical part of the process, but many people do not understand what they are or what role they serve. So what is DDS, and why are they so important to applying for Social Security disability benefits?
Congress has passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 to help military members and their families who suffered health issues as a result of water contamination at the Camp Lejeune military base. The new law will allow victims to potentially sue the government for medical problems they endured from toxic exposure during their time at the camp. This will help veterans to obtain disability benefits for long-term health problems many of them suffered, and help their family members to seek justice as well.
In order to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you must meet two primary criteria: you need to demonstrate you have a disability that impairs your ability to work, and you must be below SSI’s maximum income limit. While this seems like it should be straightforward, the question of whether someone is below the SSI income limit can be surprisingly complex. So what is SSI’s income limit, and how do you know if you are below it?
The United States Senate recently passed the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (Honoring Our PACT) Act. This new piece of legislation, assuming it passes the House of Representatives, is set to become the biggest expansion to veterans’ disability benefits in decades. In addition to increasing available benefits, it will also make it easier for the VA to hire medical staff, improving availability of services.
The Social Security Administration has announced that the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) may rise as much as 8% next year. This is to account for rising inflation, which has driven up the cost of living across the country, and which has had a disproportionate impact on many lower income citizens. As a result, recipients of Social Security benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) should see a substantial increase in their benefits over the next year.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced plans to begin issuing guaranteed life insurance policies for all veterans, regardless of disability status. This will mean that anyone who wants to will be able to obtain life insurance through the VA, even if they would otherwise not qualify for such a policy. This way, veterans can get an insurance policy to help cover expenses for after they pass away, avoiding significant financial burdens for their families.