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4 Things to Know Before Applying for Social Security Disability

1. Compile all information regarding your medical treatment. Upon applying for Social Security disability, you will be asked what medical treatment you have been receiving and who are your medical providers. It is very important to know not only what doctors you are seeing including the doctor's full name, address, and phone number but also to know when it is that you started seeing the doctor and any important dates associated with your treatment.

Study on Malaria Drugs issued to US Troops - Results Expected In March

Mefloquine - also issued under the name Lariam - is an anti-malarial drug issued to thousands of U.S. troops who served overseas. The drug was issued to troops who were deploying to countries such as Afghanistan, Djibouti, and other countries throughout Africa. Sometimes they were prescribed in the Middle East, in places like Iraq.

Yoga for injured veterans and first responders comes to Alabama

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often an unwelcome companion to physical traumatic injury when soldiers, sailors or Marines are wounded or otherwise hurt. Although the Veterans' Administration (VA) does its best to address both the physical and psychological needs of former service members, it may require some more effort to get over the hump.

The Alabama chapter of an organization that leads first responders and military veterans through healing yoga has been seeing early results with its practice. Several people in the Heart of Dixie have been pursuing healing of the body and mind with the restorative practice that originates with Indian philosophical traditions.

Wesley Harbuck Joins the Firm

I got into the practice of law late in life, relatively speaking. I graduated high school in the small town of Boaz, Alabama. I took some college courses, but at that time, could not find anything I was passionate about, even though practicing law had crossed my mind. I was young and could not fathom spending that long in school. I quickly began working instead of going to class. I spent twenty or so years in the restaurant business doing everything from washing dishes to managing. I spent one year as a civilian contractor in at Camp Speicher in the Tikrit, Iraq area where I developed an appreciation for what our military personnel go through in a war zone on a daily basis. I ended my restaurant career during the great recession after two businesses I worked at closed their doors, leaving me jobless.

"My Social Security" Account

Most people do not know that they can access many of Social Security's services online through a "my Social Security" account. After creating a "my Social Security" account, users can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, as well as check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card, print a benefit verification letter, and more. Social Security's website makes it easier for everyone to access their own information with Social Security without having to go to their local Social Security Office.

Disability benefits may be available from Social Security

Many injuries are a simple matter of time and care before people are feeling better. People may need to take some time off work, but they can look forward to returning in the same position once they have recovered. But major injuries, such as trauma to the brain or the spinal cord, may result in a permanent condition.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can, in some ways, act as an insurer for long-term disability when people have worked for a certain amount of time before the condition began. People are eligible for disability insurance benefits from the SSA if they meet the definition of disability and they have paid FICA taxes for five of the last 10 previous years.

IS MY SOCIAL MEDIA BEING WATCHED??

In early 2019, the Social Security Administration was rumored to begin monitoring applicants' and beneficiaries' social media accounts as part of the process of evaluating disability. Many advocates for the disabled, including representatives, attorneys, organizations, and U.S. Senate, pushed back on this idea.

Ryan Seanor Joins the Firm

I am pleased to introduce myself as the newest member of the Gardberg and Kemmerly Veterans' Disability team. My name is Ryan Seanor and for the past 3 years I have practiced in the broad field of personal injury. I am ecstatic to now have the opportunity to use the knowledge that I have gained to assist our country's greatest asset, our Veterans.

You must meet certain criteria for Supplemental Security Income

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is run by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). It extends financial benefits to children and adults who have limited assets and income. Individuals who are disabled must have a financial need and meet additional criteria if they want to qualify to receive benefits.

An individual must be either a U.S. citizen or legal resident to be eligible to apply for SSI benefits. An applicant should also live within the borders of one of the country's 50 states, in the Northern Mariana Islands or District of Columbia. There are some exceptions to this rule though. A student who is temporarily living abroad may apply for benefits. A service member's child may be eligible for them if their parent is on active duty abroad as well.

Parents as Dependents of Veterans

When a Veteran has a parent or parents who are dependent upon him or her for financial support, that Veteran may be entitled to be paid additional benefits. The Veteran must meet the basic requirements to claim benefits for a dependent. Those requirements are that a Veteran must be entitled to disability compensation and receive a rating of at least 30%.

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