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.
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.
The most common complaint that most in St. Louis hear about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is that the qualification system is flawed and in need of revisions. As external pressure has mounted recently to address concerns regarding fraud and abuse, and with a potential fiscal crisis looming over the SSDI program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced plans to make changes to the current applicant evaluation process.