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What should I know about SSD claims for disabled veterans?

Alabama residents who have served in the Armed Forces deserve a debt of gratitude. For some, their service led to injuries and disabilities. When this is the case, it is important for them to understand how veterans' injuries can warrant an approval for Social Security disability benefits. If the veteran has been categorized as 100% disabled, they are eligible to have their case expedited.

Department of Defense to Begin Recording Troop's Blast Exposure

The U.S. military will now begin to record blast exposures experienced by troops during their period of active duty military service. The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the Department of Defense to track blast exposure, duration, and if possible, blast pressure readings. The new record is intended to aid Veterans after service to receive the appropriate medical care, as well as being assessed accurately for VA disability benefits.

VA Math and How to Qualify for Individual Unemployability

VA offers two ways for Veterans to be paid at the 100% disability rate - either get there through the schedule for rating disabilities or qualify for total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU) - i.e. be unable to work because of service-connected disabilities.

Suicide prevention plan may help veterans with various issues

Our country rightly devotes quite a bit of resources to military veterans. In the last couple of decades, many veterans' issues that were not previously in the spotlight have been pushed to the forefront, including the rate of suicides by veterans. It is heartbreaking to think of our nation's military veterans feeling so hopeless that they believe suicide is the only option. Fortunately, some bipartisan support for legislation may devote even more resources to this sensitive area.

Working to help veterans get the benefits they deserve

United States servicemembers work hard to protect our country. When they leave the service and achieve veteran status, they deserve to have a country that works hard to take care of their needs. That is why veterans' benefits exist, and our law firm works hard to help veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Cost-of-living increase coming for veterans' benefits

For many military veterans in Alabama, the benefits they receive are crucial to their finances. Particularly those who receive disability benefits, as they may have a limited ability to work and earn an income. Fortunately, each year Congress usually passes legislation to increase veterans' benefits with a cost-of-living adjustment. This year, according to reports, is no different.

Adjusting to post-service life, a significant issue for veterans

With the recent anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks that changed the very nature of our country and, indeed, the world, it is important to remember that America has been on a "war footing" for over a decade now. Thousands of young men and women in our country are veterans who have been exposed to the traumatizing nature of war. Adjusting to post-service life for these veterans when their time in the service is over can be a significant issue.

Veterans could see cost savings if new bill becomes law

Veterans in Alabama and throughout the country can face many different issues as they transition from active duty in the service to civilian life, particularly if they have health issues or disabilities from their time in the military. Fortunately, our government helps veterans in many respects, and it appears that newly introduced legislation aims to provide further support to those who have served in the military.

Appeal process for VA decisions made before Feb. 19, 2019

Last week, a post on this blog discussed how an applicant can appeal a disability decision made by the Department of Veterans' affairs on or after February 19, 2019. The earlier appeal process will continue for decisions made before February 19, 2019. As there may be many people in Alabama, and elsewhere, who had their claims disallowed before February 19, 2019, it will be prudent to discuss the old appeal process as well since those applicants have one year to file an appeal against their decision.

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