Monday, February 9, 2015

Veterans Need More than Temporary Support

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If the success of Clint Eastwood’s latest blockbuster American Sniper is any indication, it’s that America loves its veterans. Likewise, plenty of respect and admiration is shown for those who have served the country every Veteran’s Day. Support for the film and for the veterans during their holiday, however, can only last for so long, and the nation’s veterans definitely need more than that.

With all the troops deployed to places like Iraq and Afghanistan during the global war on terror, more and more soldiers from the battlefield are returning home with severe and/or permanent disabilities. Some of these disabilities involve the loss of one or more limbs. Some suffered debilitating mental conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Many of these wounded warriors were simply given a medical discharge with no benefits at all. With all the problems hounding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), more specifically the Veterans Health Administration scandal of 2014, many veterans are now turning to Social Security Administration (SSA) to receive the necessary benefits.

If you are a disabled veteran and are thinking (or already in the process) of applying for SSA programs like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), consult an experienced disability benefits attorney ASAP. Doing so will increase your chances of maximizing the benefits you’ll receive.

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