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Social Security Disability Benefits for Children

Are there really benefits for children available through Social Security? Social Security. Most Americans associate those two words with the elderly or with disabled adults.  What few think of are benefits for children.  Yet, the unfortunate reality is that millions of children have disabilities and millions more have parents with life altering disabilities.  The good […]

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Social Security scammers

Social Security Scammers Continue To Plead Guilty

What’s in store for Social Security scammers? A while back, our disability blog mentioned a massive Social Security disability scammers case. The scheme was led and carried out primarily by members of the FDNY and NYPD.  It is estimated that the scheme began in 1988 and, during its more than 25 years, defrauded the Social Security Administration […]

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New VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s Plan to Help Disabled Veterans

Can the new Secretary help disabled veterans during his honeymoon period? In July, the Senate unanimously approved Robert McDonald as the new Secretary of the Veterans’ Affairs (“VA”). Since then, Secretary McDonald has used his military and corporate credentials to begin restructuring the VA, which has been plagued, infamously, with systemic failures leading to inadequate […]

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Illness

Can I get Social Security benefits for a mental illness? It is more difficult to get Social Security disability (SSD) benefits for mental illness than it is for any physical ailments. This unfortunate reality is due to the nature of mental illness. Although apparent to the sufferer, a mental illness can be difficult for a […]

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The Relevance of Social Security Records to Veterans’ Disability Claims

What do Social Security records have to do with VA benefits? Recently, a single Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) judge decided a case involving the relevance of Social Security records to veterans’ disability claims.  The case does not have precedential value, as a single judge made the ruling.  In other words, future judges […]

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Veterans PTSD Claim for Disability

Help With Your PTSD Claim Veterans, particularly those who have seen combat, face a variety of challenges when reintegrating into civilian life.  These difficulties include finding suitable employment, adjusting to a different, less structured routine, and re-establishing relationships with friends and family.  These challenges are exacerbated for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, frequently referred […]

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same sex couples and va benefits

Same-Sex Couples Sue for VA Benefits

Can Same Sex Couples Get VA Benefits Under certain circumstances, spouses and children of disabled or deceased veterans are entitled to benefits.  Recently, an issue has arisen over what constitutes a “spouse” for benefits purposes.  More specifically, can a same-sex spouse claim benefits?  What about a same-sex domestic partner?  What impact does the state in […]

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