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I am in manufacturing. Can I get Social Security disability benefits?

There are an estimated 12.84 million jobs in the manufacturing marketplace in the United States as of March 2020. Workers in this industry play an important role in our country’s economy since this industry is responsible for the creation of a product. Examples can include the production of furniture, textiles, electronics, computer work and food. […]

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VA Housing Benefits

There are two major programs for disabled Veterans to receive assistance with modifying or obtaining a home to accommodate their service-connected disability. SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOUSING (SAH) – This is a grant program that can be used to construct a home, modify a home, or apply to a mortgage. Requirements: Click Here To Read The Full […]

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HEARINGS WITH SOCIAL SECURITY IN THE TIME OF A PANDEMIC

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all departments of the Social Security Administration, including the ability to hold in person hearings before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Since April, the Office of Hearing Operations has been holding hearings via telephone for those that have the capability to do so. The hearing office and local Social Security […]

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VA Using Technology to Speed Mail Processing Times

The Veterans Benefits Administration (“VBA”) has long been known for inefficiency and delay in their processing of claims, appeals, and correspondence from Veterans. VBA currently processes mail manually when it is submitted to VA for association with claims and appeals files. However, now VBA is beginning to use Artificial Intelligence to sort mail more quickly […]

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Contamination at K2 – Part 2

In 2015, the Army published an in-depth look at illnesses reported at Karshi-Khanabad, known by soldiers as K2, an old Soviet base leased to the United States from the Uzbek government after September 11, 2001. As mentioned in my first blog regard K2, the study found that at least 61 service members deployed at K2 […]

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