How is Social Security handling the COVID-19 outbreak?

by Casaundra Johnson | May 31, 2020 | Eligibility

Like nearly every other government agency across the country, the Social Security Administration has made several changes to its daily operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Social Security offices have been closed to the...read more >>

Accessing VA Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

by Casaundra Johnson | Apr 17, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

On March 19, 2020, the VA temporarily closed its regional offices to the public in response to COVID-19.   While these temporary closures prevent veterans from accessing many services in-person, the VA has expanded its virtual services and is continuing to process disability claims and other benefit applications to the extent possible.   ...read more >>

VA Disability Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2020 & Updated Benefit Rate Tables

by Casaundra Johnson | Dec 09, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Under federal law, cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for VA compensation and pension rates are the same percentage as for Social Security Disability benefits.  This means that just like Social Security beneficiaries, disabled veterans will see a 1.6% increase in their monthly benefits for 2020 due to the rising costs of living.  The 1.6% increase went into effect on December 1, 2019; however, veterans will not actually see a change in the amount of their disability benefits until January 2020.  The following Rate Tables show the increased benefit rate for 2020....read more >>

Veterans Disability: What is Individual Unemployability Compensation?

by Casaundra Johnson | Nov 08, 2019 | Temporary Total Disability Compensation

Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability is a unique disability benefit that allows the VA to pay qualifying veterans at the 100 percent rate, even when their total disability rating is less than 100 percent. ...read more >>

Will my spouse and children receive benefits if the Social Security Administration finds me disabled?

by Casaundra Johnson | Sep 10, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

If the Social Security Administration determines that you are disabled and eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, your spouse and children may be eligible for benefits as well.  Benefits paid to a disabled person’s family members are called auxiliary benefits, and eligibility for these benefits depends on several factors....read more >>

The New Claims Process for VA Appeals

by Casaundra Johnson | Aug 06, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Congress passed the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA) in 2017, in an effort to modernize the claim and appeals process, improve notification of VA decisions, speed up the processing of claims, and decrease the number of backlogged appeals. A pilot program for the new claims process was implemented after Congress passed the AMA and allowed veterans to opt into the new claims process before it went into effect on February 19, 2019....read more >>

Can I Receive Social Security Disability and Veteran’s Disability Benefits at The Same Time?

by Casaundra Johnson | Jul 10, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

It is possible to receive disability benefits from both the Social Security Administration (Social Security) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, receiving disability benefits under one program does not necessarily mean it will make it easier to get benefits under the other program....read more >>

What Is the Importance of Medical Treatment in Your Social Security Disability Claim?

by Casaundra Johnson | Jun 09, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

While most people know that their medical records are important for their Social Security disability claim, many people do not understand that medical evidence is often considered the most important type of evidence in their case. ...read more >>