Author: Klok Disability

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are typically eligible for many terrific benefits when they leave the service. From college benefits to hiring preference in many government jobs, there are some benefits that just come with being an honorably discharged veteran. However, VA disability compensation is not automatic. It depends on a number of factors, including the veteran’s ability to prove a service-connected disability. There are, of course, situations where a veteran may be completely ineligible for VA disability benefits.

Most disabled veterans today are aware that the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) rates disabilities using a bizarre calculation that many people jokingly call “VA Math.”  But what many veterans do not realize is that you can be determined to be permanently and totally disabled (P&T) even if you don’t reach a 100 percent disability rating. That’s right. Some veterans can be found to have “perm total” disability with less than a 100 percent rating. Once a veteran reaches this point, there are a number of added benefits that they may not even know about.

Many people who are denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) don’t really understand why. Many times it’s a medical reason; sometimes it’s a technical or legal reason.  The younger you are, the harder it generally will be to qualify for SSDI. This is partly because you don’t just have to prove that you are medically prevented from working. You must also prove that you’ve paid into the system long enough to earn the right to receive payments.

On November 1, 2017, President Trump signed into a law the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (known as “RAMP”). The new law passed with bipartisan support, as its goal is to streamline and expedite veterans disability appeals. Still, like most things in D.C., the new law is not without criticism. Here’s what disabled veterans should know about the new law, including how it may affect individual appeals going forward.

Recent figures from the Social Security Administration suggest that over 65 million people received some form of social security benefit in 2015. This number includes children, retirees, and disabled adults. In fact, 5.4 million individuals were newly awarded that year.  While this may seem like a big number, it’s important to note that about 65 percent of all claimants are denied the first time they apply.  For disabled South Carolinians who are trying to get their disability claims approved, here are a few of the biggest reasons why people are denied social security disability benefits.

In a self-congratulatory and official VA press release on December 21, 2017, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, announced a myriad of alleged successes in improving the VA last year. Among the many accomplishments claimed, Shulkin makes three specific claims that deserve a second look. As you will note, each is a bit too vague to really prove true or false. Still, it seems reality may look a little different for actual veterans.

Sleep apnea is a very common medical condition, with roughly 22 million Americans suffering from some form of the condition. This is according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. However, there is a broad range of severity, and no two cases are exactly the same. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) no longer recognizes sleep apnea, which was previously listed under Section 3.10 of the SSA Regulations. However, SSA does still allow a potential claimant to receive disability for respiratory conditions under the same Section of the regulations, provided the condition is severe enough to warrant such a disability finding. Here is what you need to know about sleep apnea and social security disability.

Reports all over the web are saying that the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) is making significant improvements in the timeframe necessary to decide disability claims. But this only tells half of the story. The VA itself claims to have made substantial improvements by upgrading and digitizing its databases and claims handling procedures. But many are still experiencing delays in the VA claim process.

If you are a veteran of the Armed Forces or a loved one of a veteran, then you probably already know about many of the excellent programs provided by the federal government, such as the Montgomery GI Bill and VA Disability Compensation. What you may not know is that surviving spouses and children of deceased veterans may also be eligible for other types of VA benefits under certain special programs. Here are 5 of the most important VA benefits you may not even know about.