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New Expedited Processing for Veteran Claims

Posted July 4th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

The Social Security Administration, this February, announced the agency’s new initiative to expedite disability claims for veterans who have received 100 percent (Permanent and Total) disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Under this new initiative, Social Security is supposed to treat these veteran’s Social Security disability applications as high priority and issue expedited […]

No Such Thing as Temporary or Permanent Disability

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

In order to qualify for Social Security disability you are not required to prove that you are permanently or temporarily disabled, just that you have been, or will be, disabled for 12 months consecutively. Once you are found disabled for either the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs you may […]

It is Possible to Receive Both SSDI and SSI

Posted July 2nd, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Social Security offers two separate programs for people who are medically disabled. These two programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With two different programs available a common question is: Can I receive both SSDI and SSI if I am found disabled. The quick answer is yes, but it will […]

Social Security While in Prison or Jail

Posted July 1st, 2015 in General Info SSA SSDI

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments generally are not payable for months that an individual is confined to a jail, prison or certain other public institutions for commission of a crime and a person is not automatically eligible for Social Security or SSI payments when being released from prison or jail. If you are […]

The Children Who Benefit From SSA

Posted June 30th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

The Republicans in congress have targeted Social Security in recent years making accusations of rampant fraud within the system that allows able-bodied Americans to avoid work and collect Social Security payments. The problem is there is no truth to such accusations as there are far more people who are disabled and unable to collect benefits […]

Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage Will Impact SSA Benefits

Posted June 29th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

In a landmark decision June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that there is a constitutional right to same sex marriage. The decision means that same sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states. Because there were states that allowed same sex marriage and some that did not prior […]

The SSI Restoration Act

Posted June 28th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is sometimes confused with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Social Security Retirement Insurance (SSRI) because the benefit programs can be obtained at the same time, but SSI is much different than either SSDI or SSRI. Both SSDI and SSRI are programs that workers pay into through the form of Social […]

Social Security – Wounded Warriors Program

Posted June 27th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

According to, a Fort Riley soldier was recently sentenced to prison for Social Security disability fraud. James Scott Nickerson was ordered to pay $72,000 in restitution to the Social Security Administration. Nickerson first applied for disability benefits in October 2009 under the Wounded Warrior Program but continued to receive disability benefits while working for […]

A Look Inside The Appeals Council

Posted June 26th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

One of the worst days a Social Security disability claimant can face is when they open their mailbox and an unfavorable decision from the Administrative Law Judge arrives a short while after their disability hearing. An unfavorable decision means the ALJ found the applicant not disabled. After waiting two years to get to this phase, […]

When Social Security Selects A Representative Payee

Posted June 25th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

The term disabled may create a picture in a lot of people’s minds and typically that picture will focus on people with physical disabilities, but there are also mental health and cognitive impairments that limit a person’s ability to work. Not only do these impairments limit the ability to work, but it also may limit […]