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You deserve benefits if you have a mental health disability

Living with a disability is not only difficult; it is often devastating and frustrating. As someone living with an "invisible" illness, you know all-too-well how hard it is to try to do the things you're used to doing and not being able to do so. You may no longer be able to work, attend school or do the things you love.

Veterans with disabilities may be able to receive Social Security Disability payments for mental health disorders if they qualify under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of disabled. The SSA keeps several lists of diseases and illnesses that qualify for benefits. If a condition is on the list, it's covered. Sometimes, conditions not listed but that are similar to conditions on the list are also covered.

Disability benefits: Low incomes create difficult situations

When a person needs disability benefits to survive, not having enough to make ends meet is a tragic situation. If the benefits decrease or don't arrive on time, it could mean that someone is left with nothing.

When someone begins thinking about working to get off disability, it can create a difficult situation. Disability is designed to decrease as you earn more, but earning just above the poverty limit is enough to have benefits cut off completely. That amount, $1,170, isn't really enough to survive in many parts of the country.

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You served the country by going overseas. You've helped in battle and you returned with injuries. Now, you just want to know what you are entitled to, so you can live life to the fullest as you recover.

In the United States, there were 22 million veterans as of 2014. Approximately 3.8 million of these people have service-related disabilities, which means they need the support of programs like Veterans Association hospitals and disability payments.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Hurricanes, 9-11, and mass school shootings, have all tragically claimed victims. Acute stress reactions are highly prevalent among survivors. In the aftermath of mass violence, terror, or disaster, most people can fully recover from even moderate stress reactions in several months. While resilience is a common observation, some survivors experience readjustment issues and develop chronic problems with disturbed mood and behavior in the second stage of recovery.

These diseases are linked to the military and Agent Orange

There are certain diseases associated with working in the military. Since these are recognized as diseases likely caused by exposure to chemicals or experiences in the military, it's easier for veterans to obtain compensation for the illnesses. Called "presumptive diseases," The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs has identified that a number of illnesses are directly related to exposure to Agent Orange or other chemicals found primarily in military circumstances.

In the case of exposure to Agent Orange, there are several diseases linked to exposure. Veterans or those related to someone who has died as a result of exposure may be able to obtain benefits.

You may qualify for benefits if you're disabled

Once you qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may also qualify for Medicaid, social services and help with purchasing food. Each of these benefits is open to those who have low incomes, disabilities and are in need.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, referred to as SNAP, is a program that helps people buy food. It used to be identified as a food stamp program, but today, the funds are placed on debit cards each month and can be used to purchase approved items.

Veterans can receive benefits for mental health issues

In the military, you're exposed to many different things, from death to great achievements. As a result of the traumatic things you've been through, you may now struggle with your mental health. As a veteran, it is within your rights to obtain help for these issues.

There are many kinds of depression that a veteran may struggle with. Persistent depressive disorder, for example, puts a person in a depressed state for at least two years. Psychotic depression, on the other hand, turns into a kind of psychosis. The individual may suffer from delusions or hallucinations if he or she has this type of depression.


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