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18 Nov

Are You Using the VA’s eBenefits?

The self-service web portal, designed and run by both the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense, provides information and faster delivery of service-related benefits.  This article explains some of the many features that are prompting more and more veterans to join the already two million registered users on eBenefits. 30,000 veterans use eBenefits every

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15 Nov

Vets101: A New Resource for Veterans

On November 8, 2012, The World Institute on Disability (WID) launched Vets101.org, a site dedicated to information and free career planning tools for veterans. In the works since 2008, Vets101 is a service made possible with the invaluable collaboration of veterans’ organizations, wounded warriors, veterans with disabilities, and their friends and family. Vets101 will feature

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12 Nov

Congressional Bill May Speed Up Veterans’ Disability Payments

For the millions of disabled veterans who are applying for disability benefits, there is hope of faster processing times for their payments.  The Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act (HR 6445), a bipartisan bill proposed by Reps. Glenn Thompson, (R-PA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA), would eliminate the customary five month waiting period between the claim

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10 Nov

Social Security Cost-of-Living-Adjustment Increase in 2013

The Social Security Administration has announced that benefits payments will increase by 1.7% in 2013; this increase is down from the previous year’s 3.6% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase.  That means that if you are receiving the average benefit of $1,236, you will see about $21 more per month. The Social Security COLA is based on

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04 Nov

Adequate Funding Needed for SSA’s Programs

All three of Social Security’s programs- retirement, SSI, and SSDI– have seen increased numbers in caseloads, but administrative funding for the Social Security Administration (SSA) has been suspended since 2010.  Furthermore, the Budget Control Act of 2011 put a cap on discretionary spending that will reduce non-defense programs by 16% by 2021.  Between now and

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28 Oct

The Virtual Screening Unit: What Is It and How Can It Help Your Claim?

At some point after your Request for Hearing has been filed, you may receive a notice by the Social Security Administration that your case has been transferred to the Virtual Screening Unit (VSU). What is the Virtual Screening Unit? The Virtual Screening Unit is a division in the Social Security Administration comprised of senior attorneys

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21 Oct

Ways to Speed Up the Social Security Disability Claim Process

by William Carr, Supervising Attorney Obtaining Social Security Disability and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits can be a long process spanning, in many cases, well over a year.  This can place claimants in difficult situations due to the inability to perform significant work for pay during this process.  Fortunately for some, there are situations where Social

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16 Oct

The High Cost and Low Availability of Health Insurance and Its Effect on SSDI

Another important factor in people’s decision to apply for Social Security disability benefits is the decreased access to health insurance.  As employer-sponsored insurance programs deteriorate and private policies become more expensive and unobtainable, some workers apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for eventual Medicare benefits.  SSDI beneficiaries may qualify for Medicare after two years,

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