Five Tips To Increase Your Chances of Getting VA Disability Benefits

The process of applying for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) can be long and complicated at the best of times, but it can become much harder if you make a serious mistake on your application. That is why you should take a few basic steps to give yourself the best odds of succeeding at obtaining your benefits. Here are five tips to increase your chances of getting VA disability benefits:

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VA Publishes Guidebook for Caring For Victims of Long COVID

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has released a new guidebook for what it refers to as its “whole health system approach” to Long COVID. This guidebook is meant to help the growing number of veterans who struggle with the effects of this disease, also known as “long haulers,” including helping physicians to diagnose victims and determine appropriate treatment. The VA hopes that the practices and standards laid out in the guidebook will help other physicians around the country who are figuring out how to help people struggling with the aftereffects of COVID-19.

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SSA Adds 12 New Conditions to Compassionate Allowances List

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that it is adding twelve new conditions to the list of Compassionate Allowances. This will allow people with these specific disabilities to more easily obtain Social Security disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This, in turn, will help them to cover their expenses while they are dealing with the effects of their medical conditions.

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Why Might Your Application for VA Benefits Be Denied?

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:

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Understanding the Role of Disability Determination Services (DDS)?

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?

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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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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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Three New Respiratory Ailments Added to VA Presumptive Disabilities List

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (also known as the VA) has added three new diseases to its list of presumptive disabilities based on the risk of toxic exposure. These three new diseases, which includes asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis, will now receive special treatment under the law, making it easier for veterans to apply for disability benefits based on those conditions. This will, in turn, reduce the difficulty that many veterans have had in seeking disability benefits from the VA.

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“Long COVID” Becomes Growing Focus for Disability Advocates

While the coronavirus has not completely disappeared, a growing vaccination rate has led doctors and other medical experts to start looking at the aftereffects of the pandemic. Of particular concern is the phenomenon known as “long COVID,” which afflicts a startling number of victims of the virus. For disability advocates, this population of COVID-19 sufferers may prove to be the longest lasting legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, potentially leading to years or decades of care for affected individuals. Continue reading ““Long COVID” Becomes Growing Focus for Disability Advocates”

Obtaining SSI Benefits for Children With Disabilities

When most people think of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they tend to think of adults who become unable to work due to illness or injury. However, a substantial number of SSI recipients are not adults, but rather children with medical conditions that cause severe impairment. Here is what you need to know about getting SSI for children with disabilities: Continue reading “Obtaining SSI Benefits for Children With Disabilities”

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