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Sexual assaults overlooked by VA
Posted November 14, 2013

Many veterans who struggle with mental health issues stemming from sexual violence have have a deaf ear turned to their concern by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A report by the Service Women’s Action Network, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School titled “Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma,” found that veterans benefits for those struggling after being sexually assaulted during service are harder to come by.

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Getting Social Security disability benefits for children with autism
Posted November 11, 2013

Laura Schumaker, a writer and autism advocate, said in a blog post that one of the most frequent questions she is asked is whether or not someone’s child has disability qualifying benefits. No two cases are the same with the Social Security Administration, so each family will need to follow a process for procuring benefits.

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Q&A: Reports on Social Security disability can often be misleading
Posted October 31, 2013

A report earlier this month by television newsmagazine 60 Minutes looked at the Social Security disability programs. Instead of portraying an even-keeled look at the modern system, the broadcast was biased and anecdote-based, relying on rare cases of judges and lawyers who try to defraud the system. Seemingly no attempt was made to get comment from the Social Security Administration and no recipients of SSD payments were interviewed.

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Fibromyalgia can be devastatingly painful
Posted October 29, 2013

In many cases, those suffering from fibromyalgia may experience fatigue, memory issues, sleep loss and mood issues, according to the Mayo Clinic. These can all be considered disability qualifying conditions by the Social Security Administration, but much of this illness is a mystery. Symptoms may start via surgery, infection or physical trauma; once they have started there is no cure. Those suffering from severe effects should apply for disability benefits to help ease the costs of medical bills and an inability to work.

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