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Change in PTSD definition could affect veteran benefits

Veterans looking for disability benefits should keep a watchful eye on the proposed new definition changes of post traumatic stress disorder. The proposal can be found in a draft of the American Psychiatric Association’s fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which serves as a guide for mental health workers across the world, according to The Augusta Chronicle.

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People with ALS may be able to get SSD benefits quickly

With May being ALS Awareness Month, Denise Jones, a Social Security Administration employee, wrote an editorial for The Daily Nonpareil which said those with the illness may be able to get quicker Social Security disability benefits. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive disease which attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. She said ALS is one of Social Security’s “Compassionate Allowances.”

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Social Security benefit system may need to be fixed

In an editorial written on political news website The Hill, Marc Goldwein, senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, writes that the Social Security disability system is broken and needs to be fixed. He said within the next five years, the program will no longer be able to fully pay the 12 million people with disability qualifying benefits that currently benefit from receiving benefits.

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American workforce shrinks, number of disabled rises

While many Americans want to work, it is made impossible or nearly impossible by a litany of crippling disabilities. Business Week reports that the number of workers in the country receiving Social Security Disability payments jumped 22 percent from December 2007 to April of this year. There are currently 8.7 million people receiving Social Security disability payments.

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