Many of the brave men and women who serve in the various branches of the American military are often left with disabilities as a result of their service. Such disabilities may hinder their ability to find jobs in the private sector once their military service is over. Thus, many of thee veterans, some of whom live right here in St. Louis, find themselves in need of financial assistance in order to meet their basic needs. Fortunately for them, a new collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will soon make the process of applying for disability benefits much easier.
Most in St. Louis probably don’t think twice about their ability to work and support themselves. They may believe that disability is something that they’ll never have to deal with, let alone face themselves. The common thought is that no matter what happens to them, they’ll simply continue to work in spite of it.
Countless people in St. Louis and millions more throughout the country receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Some may believe that those receiving such benefits are simply too lazy to return to work. Yet the Social Security Administration (SSA) follows a strict qualification process. Those seeking assistance must prove that they have a “severe impairment” that keeps them from working for at least one year in order to qualify.
Much of the news that has come out lately regarding the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit programs has focused on recent major scandals involving fraud against the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, these negative headlines have served to take the focus away from the assistance that these programs provide to countless people here in St. Louis and throughout the rest of the country.
Becoming qualified and enrolled in the Social Security disability program can often be a lengthy process. Prospective applicants in St. Louis are often required to submit a virtual mountain of paperwork substantiating their need for Social Security disability benefits for injury, illness, or a mental condition. For most who have to go through this process, their qualification for benefits brings a welcome relief. Yet it should be remembered that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are usually not meant to be permanent, and thus one’s eligibility status is often brought up for review. Yet even those who continually meet benefit qualifications still aren’t immune to unexpected changes in their benefit status.