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How Can You Get VA Benefits With a Psychological Disability?

It is sad to say, but veterans suffer psychological disabilities at a rate significantly higher than the general population, with around one in four veterans suffering from some kind of psychological condition. This most notoriously includes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it also includes a number of other psychological problems. But how exactly can you qualify for VA disability benefits with a psychological disability?

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SSA Implements Reform to Disability Evaluation Process

On April 18, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it would be implementing a new rule related to the disability evaluation process to determine if someone was eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under the new rule, workers would have an easier time proving their past job history for the purposes of obtaining disability benefits. This change could make it simpler and easier for some people to obtain SSDI or SSI benefits.

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VA Expands Fast Track Availability for Agent Orange Victims

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced that it is expanding the list of countries where people may benefit from fast-tracking their claims due to presumed Agent Orange exposure. Now, veterans who served in the United States, Canada and India will also gain the same presumption that veterans who served in other countries already gain. That way, they can more easily obtain disability benefits for harm they suffered due to Agent Orange exposure.

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Appealing your SSDI or SSI Application

If you have applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and been rejected, you may be concerned about what to do. Fortunately, there is an appeals process to review your application and potentially get you benefits you were initially denied. But what exactly is involved in an appeal for SSDI or SSI benefits?

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Five Facts You Should Know About Your VA Disability Rating

The disability rating you receive from the Department of Veteran Affairs (also known as the VA) is a core component of determining what benefits you receive. The better you understand your rating and what it means, the more you can take advantage of what your benefits have to offer. Here are five facts you should know about your VA disability rating:

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SSA Issues Reminders to LGBTQIA+ Beneficiaries for Pride Month

In light of Pride Month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued some important reminders for beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) who are LGBTQIA+. Most importantly, it wants to remind people of the importance of legal marital status, and how it can affect your benefits. In addition, you should always remember to notify the SSA of life changes, such as marriage or divorce. Continue reading “SSA Issues Reminders to LGBTQIA+ Beneficiaries for Pride Month”

VSAFE Act Announced to Help Protect Veterans From Fraud

A newly announced bill, known as the Veterans Scam and Fraud Evasion (VSAFE) Act, has been proposed to help protect veterans from fraud. Sadly, veterans are often the victims of scams intended to deprive them of their hard earned benefits. With this new legislation, there would be greater protection against fraud targeted at veterans, in particular disabled veterans.

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What Happens if You Do Not Have Enough Work Credits For SSDI?

One of the critical requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is to make sure you have a sufficient number of work credits to qualify. For many people this is not a serious impediment, but for others it can be the difference between obtaining SSDI benefits and not. But what exactly happens if you do not have enough work credits for SSDI?

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Camp Lejeune Vets 20% More Likely to Develop Cancer

A recently released study found that veterans and their families who stayed at Camp Lejeune between 1972 and 1985 are about 20% more likely than the average member of the population to develop numerous types of cancer. This study confirms what has already long been suspected: that people stationed at Camp Lejeune were harmed by exposure to carcinogenic toxins found in their groundwater. This study may help many veterans gain access to benefits who may have struggled before, even with legislation like the PACT Act now in place.

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SSA Updates Definition of “Public Assistance Household” for SSI

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has finalized a rule change that will expand the definition of a “public assistance household” for the purposes of obtaining Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. This rule change will potentially increase the number of people who can access SSI, as well as increase the amount they receive in benefits. It also makes it easier for people to obtain disability benefits even if not everyone in their household would normally meet eligibility requirements.

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