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July 2013 Archives

Cancer survivors with disabilities may qualify for SSDI

Those who have been through cancer know that lifesaving cancer treatments can be debilitating for patients. According to a recent report from the United Kingdom, many people go on to suffer from long-term disabilities after surviving cancer treatment. For many cancer survivors, there can be long-term problems with bowel and/or urinary incontinence, fatigue, heart problems, mental health issues, and other issues.

Vets have better resources for treating brain injury

Brain injuries among veterans are not uncommon. Around 275,000 troops have suffered traumatic brain injuries since 2000. Between 12 and 20 percent of vets who came back from Iraq and Afghanistan experienced brain injuries. Fortunately, troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are experiencing much better attention to traumatic brain injuries than those of previous generations.

Legislation seeks to change claims process for military sexual assault

In our previous post, we began looking at a new bill passed by the House of Representatives that would remove barriers for veterans seeking out medical services for mental health problems connected to sexual assault that occurred during their time in the service.

"Disability" determined differently for SSDI and VA disability benefits

In our last post, we began speaking about the standard the Social Security Administration uses in making determinations about disability. The Social Security standard, a strict one, is different than the standard used by the Veterans Administration in making disability determinations. Here we'll take a brief look at the differences.