It is safe to say that most Minnesota residents would agree that many of our nation's veterans are in crisis. They face a plethora of veterans' issues from physical disability to mental health problems to crippling financial problems. While we are all aware of these issues to at least a degree, our veterans continue to suffer while waiting for the benefits they deserve. It makes us wonder why this continues to be an issue.
You served your time in the military, and you suffered the consequences. You struggle with a disability and need support. To obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) insurance, you'll need to qualify under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of disabled or ill. If your medical condition is on the agency's list or is comparable to one that is on the list, then you can obtain benefits. If not, then you'll be left fighting for the benefits you think are fair.
You served your country and have the emotional and physical scars to prove it. You've tried to do your best as a civilian, but you find it nearly impossible to hold down a job. You're tired, stressed and in pain.
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.
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 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.
If you suffer an injury and are a veteran of the United States military, you may qualify for up to $3,400 each month in benefits. These are benefits paid to veterans who have suffered injuries as a result of active duty. They are also paid to those who had previous health concerns made worse by active duty. In the case that you suffer an injury as a result of the Veteran's Association health care system, you may also qualify for this assistance.
Imagine not being able to see a doctor for weeks or months. You need care, but you can't get into the hospital or treatment programs fast enough. Then, the government decides to give you an option to opt into a program that sets you up with a personal, private doctor much faster. It would be a huge relief.
Veterans already have much to deal with in their lives, and when a disability compounds that stress, it can be a lot to handle. Currently, Social Security Disability (SSD) and other programs are there to help those who come back with war-related injuries.
When you want to seek out Social Security Disability (SSD), the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to determine if you qualify as disabled. While you may physically or mentally present as disabled in your everyday life, it's important that you show your disability through the correct documentation when submitting your application.