VA Works To Better Help Veterans With PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, often abbreviated as PTSD, is one of the most common psychological disorders that veterans face after they come home. Unfortunately, people who suffer from PTSD often have difficulty getting the help they need due to problems getting their condition diagnosed. That is why the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) is working to strengthen the claims process for veterans suffering from PTSD, which may make it easier for them to obtain disability benefits. Continue reading “VA Works To Better Help Veterans With PTSD”

SSA Removes Waiting Period for ALS Patients

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is set to remove the standard five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicants with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Removing this waiting period will help ALS patients to receive SSDI benefits more quickly, helping them to deal with their condition. These changes affect any current or future SSDI applicant with ALS who applied for disability benefits as of July 23, 2020. Continue reading “SSA Removes Waiting Period for ALS Patients”

More Than One in Six Veterans Suffer From TBI

Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, are among the most common injuries veterans suffer from, but are also one of the most poorly understood and the most often missed. It’s estimated that 17.3 percent of all post-9/11 veterans, or a little more than one in six, suffer from some form of TBI, according to a study by the National Institute of Health. Because of the difficulties in identifying TBI, however, many veterans struggle with these issues alone. Continue reading “More Than One in Six Veterans Suffer From TBI”

Census Report Shows Higher Rate of Disability Among Post-9/11 Veterans

According to a recent report by the United States Census Bureau, veterans who fought in wars after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 suffer a much higher rate of disability than those from previous wars. They also have a significantly higher chance of having severe disabilities compared to earlier generations of veterans. Together, this points to veterans of recent wars needing much more in disability services compared to those of earlier wars. Continue reading “Census Report Shows Higher Rate of Disability Among Post-9/11 Veterans”

Five Reasons People Have Social Security Disability Claims Denied

Every year, around two million people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the two major programs for people with disabilities run through the Social Security Administration. However, less than half of these applications make it through the entire application process. Here are five major reasons why people have their applications denied: Continue reading “Five Reasons People Have Social Security Disability Claims Denied”

VA Clinics Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) began offering the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans late in 2020. While they initially focused on vulnerable veterans with certain disabilities, they have now expanded access so that any veteran getting their healthcare through VA clinics can get vaccinated. This will help to protect veterans who may not be in traditional risk groups, but nevertheless may be put in danger if they become infected by COVID-19. Continue reading “VA Clinics Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccine”

Five Things to Remember for Your DDS Evaluation

If you have applied for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), then there is a good chance that you will need to go for an evaluation at Disability Determination Services (DDS). This evaluation is an essential part of obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, there are five things you should know before you go for your DDS evaluation: Continue reading “Five Things to Remember for Your DDS Evaluation”

Seven Common Types of Disabilities Seen Among Veterans

Being in the military is inherently risky, with just about anyone in military service being at high risk of suffering a disabling injury. Some injuries are more common than others, and ttend to be more commonly approved for disability benefits by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). Here are five of the most common types of disabilities seen in veterans: Continue reading “Seven Common Types of Disabilities Seen Among Veterans”

Applications for SSDI and SSI Down More than Ten Percent in 2020

According to preliminary statistics released by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the total number of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) went down by more than 10% in 2020, compared to the previous year. This substantial decrease in applications for disability benefits seems to have coincided with the onset of the coronavirus epidemic. In addition, the total number of people receiving SSDI or SSI benefits went down, while the number of benefit terminations went up. Continue reading “Applications for SSDI and SSI Down More than Ten Percent in 2020”

Five Things to Know About Your Veterans’ Disability Rating

Every veteran who has received disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (also known as the VA) has received a disability rating along with it. This disability rating is incredibly important, because it is directly tied to how much a disabled veteran and their family may receive in benefits. Here are five things you should know about your disability rating: Continue reading “Five Things to Know About Your Veterans’ Disability Rating”