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VA Begins Implementation of PAWS Act for Veterans With PTSD

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has begun the process of implementing the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act, also known as the PAWS Act. This process, which started on March 30, will begin the process of helping veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by experimenting with the use of service dogs in treatment. If successful, the program could help veterans around the country to train service dogs as part of their treatment for their PTSD.

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SSA to Increase In-Person Services to People Without Appointments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently announced on its website that, as of April 7, 2022, it will be expanding its available in-person services at offices around the country. Specifically, it is increasing the availability of in-person staff who will be able to help people who walk into an SSA office without an appointment, to help them with applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, they still advise anyone who can to instead schedule an appointment, or to handle as much of the process as possible online or over the phone.

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Five Major Medical Conditions That Lead to Veteran Disabilities

There are a number of physical and psychological conditions that veterans may suffer from once they leave the military, which affect them long after their service is done. These medical conditions may lead to long-term disabilities, causing them to seek disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Here are five of the most common medical conditions seen in veterans that apply for VA disability benefits:

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Why Was My SSDI Application Denied?

Every year, about two million people apply for Social Security disability benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, more than half of these applications are denied, many of them never even getting as far as an interview. Here are five of the biggest reasons why people have their SSDI application denied:

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How Can Your VA Disability Rating Increase Over Time?

When a veteran is awarded a disability rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA), some people believe that their rating is set in stone. However, this could not be further from the truth, as people’s disability ratings can change wildly over the course of time (usually by increasing in severity). But how exactly can someone’s VA disability rating increase over time?

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The Cost of Living Adustment (COLA) and How it Affects You

The Cost of Living Adjustment, also known as the COLA, is an important factor in determining what benefits people receive when they get Social Security disability benefits. However, not many people understand what the COLA is, or why it might be important to them. So what is the COLA, and how does it affect people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

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VA to Propose Adding Rare Cancers to Presumed Condition List

The Department of Veterans Affairs (otherwise known as the VA) has announced that it will be proposing a list of rare cancers to be added to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities. The proposal comes after a public outcry to deal with certain rare medical conditions that disproportionately affect U.S. military veterans, which are attributed to exposure to carcinogenic toxins while in the service. Adding these conditions to the presumed condition list  could help many veterans obtain disability benefits they need to help care for themselves while being treated for these rare and potentially deadly cancers.

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Right For You?

Social Security disability benefits programs are created to help people who are no longer able to work. These programs, which include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), are critical for helping to support people who otherwise cannot support themselves. But how do you know if Social Security disability benefits are right for you?

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What Does it Mean For a Disability to Be Service-Related?

One of the most important questions in any application for veterans’ disability benefits is whether the applicant has a service-related disability. No matter how bad someone’s disability is, if it is not considered to be service-related, they will not qualify for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). But what exactly does it mean for a disability to be service-related, and how do you know if you qualify?

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What is a Work Credit, and Why Do I Need Them for SSDI?

If you are someone with a severe physical or psychological condition and you are thinking about applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you may have heard of “work credits.” These credits are an essential requirement for obtaining SSDI benefits. But what exactly is a work credit, and why is it so important for obtaining SSDI?

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