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Government needs to do more for veterans, according to Pew Research
Posted November 21, 2011

With about 10 percent of living veterans seriously injured while serving in the military and three-quarters of those injured while in combat, there are many physical and emotional hardships, according to the Pew Research Center’s website. The website said U.S. veterans do not believe they are getting enough in the way of disability benefits.

Pew reports veterans who have service-related injuries have a tougher time adjusting back to normal life and three times as likely to say they have post-traumatic stress disorder. The survey also found that 52 percent of veterans don’t believe the government has given them “all the help you think it should.”

While seven out of every 10 veterans rate the care they received as excellent or good, Pew said the judgement varies by a veteran’s era of service. About 71 percent who left action prior to Sept. 11, 2011 rated medical care positively, meanwhile only 55 percent post 9/11 rated the care well

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates is highly motivated to assist Veterans in obtaining all the benefits to which they are entitled. It is very important for Veterans to file their claims in a timely fashion, whether it be on their own or through assistance of legal counsel.

Social security disability benefits can help those who are homeless
Posted November 15, 2011

With about 775,000 people homeless across the United States, according to the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, there are many people that need help out in the streets, especially as winter approaches. A story by Gannett News said that many homeless could have disability qualifying benefits which could help them get Social Security benefits.

Aside from disability benefits, Ken Hess, a Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, writes that people who are homeless can be helped by retirement and survivor benefits, as well as Supplemental Security Income, a need-based program for the blind, disabled or elderly. Hess suggests finding out more if help is needed.

The CAEH said based on a report from January 2011, there are 14,055 people who experience homelessness each night in Illinois. About 16 percent of those people are chronically homeless. Of that population, 15 percent are veterans, 32 percent are severely mentally ill and 4 percent have HIV or AIDS. Many could get help if they sought it out.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates has assisted numerous homeless clients with disability qualifying benefits qualify for Social Security benefits. Our office is aware of the special needs of homeless individuals and is skilled in guiding them through the steps necessary to receive a timely approval of their disability benefits.

Veteran suffers with disability payments
Posted October 25, 2011

Although disability qualifying benefits should be one of the last things veterans have to worry about, the harsh reality is that many have to fight for their benefits. Anthony Westbury writes on the TC Palm’s website about Sgt. Fredrick Addiss, who decided to separate from the military in 2010. He said he followed the Department of Veteran Affairs’ rules about claiming disability payments and applied six months ahead to have a smooth transition.

“Yet his life since has been anything but smooth. He’s almost gone broke trying to survive before his payments show up,” Westbury writes. Addiss served in the Army and National Guard, assigned to track down missing weapons that had been returned from Iraq, which Addiss said was a lot of mental and physical stress.

Today, Addiss said he struggles from Stage 3 degenerative arthritis in his back and osteoarthritis in most joints. He walks with a cane and said most days he can’t even walk his dog. He receives medical care from the VA, but said he still receives no financial help from the department. He has lost his cars, defaulted on credit accounts and fallen behind on child support payments, Westbury said.

The law offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates is dedicated to winning the maximum benefits available to veterans throughout the greater Chicagoland area and in Midwestern states on their claims. We realize that veterans and their families depend on us to do our very best to help secure their VA disability benefits.

Asperger’s syndrome sufferers can qualify for Social Security benefits
Posted October 12, 2011

While many people suffer from Asperger’s syndrome, very few realize that it can be considered a disability qualifying condition by the Social Security Administration.

Asperger’s syndrome is a mild form of autism that many people have, but many may not know about. Although it is considered to be a “high-functioning” form of autism, the Age of Autism website said it is also characterized by “a lack of functioning, executive functioning, and communicative abilities.” The website said while these problems may appear trivial compared to classic autism, that doesn’t mean they do not severely disable people.

A local ABC affiliate in Houston spoke with Paula Ong, a 36 year-old woman who was diagnosed with Asperger’s after having to switch jobs 13 times. In the article, Dr. Katherine Loveland, director of UTHealth Adult Asperger’s Clinic, said adults with the syndrome are often left wondering “What about me? I know there’s something different.” She said life with Asperger’s can be punishing and said a key to getting better is gaining a better understanding of the syndrome.

The law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates, located in Wheaton, Illinois, have successfully represented both children and adults who suffer with Asperger’s syndrome. In order to prevail on a Social Security disability claim, it is important that the claimant has sufficient psychological testing in order to prove the severity of symptoms that are typically associated with Asperger’s syndrome. In the case of children, school records could be helpful for the case as well.

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