How can September 11th bring good news for Veterans? This year, 2014, marked the 13th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a forced plane crash in a field in Pennsylvania where more American lives were tragically lost. The nation’s healing process is incremental, year by year. It is a date that will never be forgotten but every year it produces a less visceral response in Americans. The World Trade Center memorial site finally seems on track for completion.
As attorneys at a law firm, we work with a lot of disabled individuals and the word stress often comes to mind as we consider our client's needs. Disabilities are stressful. Tasks and activities that were once simple, like walking to get the mail or shopping for groceries, become a process often requiring outside assistance. Most disabilities require some type of ongoing care, which costs money, and simultaneously impairs the disabled individual’s ability to engage in meaningful employment.
As a quick review, to receive Social Security disability (SSD), an applicant must show that they suffer from a severe mental or physical disability likely to result in death or last greater than 12 months that prevents the applicant from being able to engage in substantial gainful employment. As previous blogs demonstrate, this seemingly simple definition is anything but. What constitutes gainful employment, a “severe” disability, and how long a disability is expected to last are all frequently a source of contention between applicants and the Social Security Administration (SSA).