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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.

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%.

Do individuals with blood disorders qualify for disability?

Hematological disorders, or blood diseases, are one of many different impairments that individuals can find in the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) Listing of Impairments. A person's diagnosis with such a condition alone wouldn't generally make them eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD). It may in certain cases though.

How Veterans and Social Security Disability qualifications differ

Many soldiers spend years serving their county only to come back a mere shell of themselves after fighting on the front lines. If you're a veteran that receives disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), then you probably assume that the Social Security Administration (SSA) would also classify you as disabled. This isn't necessarily the case though. Both federal agencies have distinct guidelines that you must meet to receive disability benefits.

What are reasons why veterans file for disability benefits?

The Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs (Watson) at Brown University keeps track of the costs of war. One of their responsibilities includes taking an accounting of the number of United States service members who die on the battlefield. The school also tracks the number of veterans who file post-combat disability claims. Watson keeps an accounting of the reasons why soldiers request such benefits as well.

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