The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun the process of administering booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine for vulnerable veterans. This program has been put into place after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot, to help veterans who are at higher risk due to coronavirus infection. Booster shots for other vaccines, including those created by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are still under review, but are also expected to be offered once they are authorized.
If you are seeking disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), you are probably wondering what you need to apply. Fortunately, for the most part, you can probably find most of what you need at home, or with a bit of research. Here are five things you should have on hand when you begin applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI):
Typically, when someone becomes disabled as a result of their military service, it is fairly obvious how they got their disability. However, a surprising number of veterans can spend months or years seemingly fine, only to manifest a service-related disability a long time afterwards. Here are five service-related disabilities that often do not appear right away:
If you have recently been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, you may be considering if applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is right for you. Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for these benefits, as not every medical condition is eligible for SSDI or SSI. But if that’s the case, then how do you know if your medical condition lets you qualify?
In their most recent annual report on the suicide rate of veterans, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced that the suicide rate is on the decline, at the highest rate since 2001. This decline is seen as a result of efforts made by the VA to tackle the difficult issues of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems that are common among veterans. However, more work needs to be done for veterans who still struggle with their mental health after returning to civilian life. Continue reading “Suicide Rate for Veterans Dropped in Latest Annual Report”
More than half of all applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are denied every single year. While some of these denials are unavoidable, a shocking number of them are the rest of mistakes that could have been prevented. If you applied for SSDI or SSI and had your application denied, these reasons might be why:
If you are a veteran suffering from a severe medical condition, you may have considered applying for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) previously. In fact, you may already have applied but been turned down. However, despite this, you may still be eligible for benefits (or, if you already have benefits, you may be entitled to more than you currently receive). Here are a few reasons why you might be entitled to VA disability benefits and not realize it:
New York ranks among the top five states with the longest backlog for Social Security disability applications in the United States. Only Florida and California have a higher number of disability claims waiting. While this is partly a factor of the large population of these states, it is also a sign of just how difficult it can be to navigate the bureaucracy of the Social Security disability claims process by yourself. Continue reading “NY Among Worst 5 States for Disability Application Backlog”
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has appointed twenty new judges to its Board of Veterans’ Appeals. These new judges will hear appeals from veterans looking to have their application for veterans’ disability benefits for review, as well as appeals from veterans looking to have their disability rating increased. These new judges will help to address the substantial backlog of cases that is hindering veterans’ ability to get access to their benefits. Continue reading “VA Appoints Twenty New Judges to Hear Veterans’ Appeals”
The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be somewhat complicated. Although it may not seem like much, there are plenty of potential ways you could mess up your application and harm your chances of accessing your benefits. Here are the five steps you need to follow so you can apply for Social Security disability benefits: Continue reading “Five Steps to Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits”