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March 2018 Archives

Increasing fraud threatens VA benefits pool

Veterans in Georgia and across the country are becoming increasingly concerned about benefits fraud, which has the dual effect of depleting the limited pool of benefits that all vets have to share and besmirching the reputation that service personnel have earned in service of the United States. Such fraud not only takes veterans' benefits away from those legitimately in need, it also puts pressure on other resources, like service organizations, that help to pick up the slack for an already overburdened Department of Veterans Affairs. A quarter century of war and a younger generation of vets have contributed to the problems.

SSA overburdened, SSDI claimants suffer in Georgia, elsewhere

A March 2018 report has made it clear that the Social Security Administration's current workload is untenable if the agency hopes to ease the backlog of Social Security Disability Insurance claimants it is facing. This report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office was released shortly after a January report from GAO found wide-ranging inconsistencies in hearings results and criticized the amount of time claimants are waiting before SSD benefits hearings are held. In its latest findings, GAO identified the challenges that SSA is currently facing and that must be faced to deliver the levels of service SSD benefits claimants require.

New VA plans seek to give mental health benefits to all vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan that would implement a White House executive order focusing on improved mental health resources for United States military veterans. Under the plan, service personnel would become eligible for mental health veterans' benefits upon their discharge from the military. David Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, said the plan would be sent to the White House for executive approval before it is implemented.

We help Georgia veterans get the benefits they deserve

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers benefits and services to military personnel who have served the United States in uniform. Benefits range from health care to education, depending on the branch and terms of your enlistment. Personnel who have served on active duty are entitled to more comprehensive benefits, while service-injured veterans comprise the group to whom the most VA benefits are available.

Expansion of caregiver veterans' benefits may come with a price

Since 2011, those who care for certain combat-injured veterans have been eligible to receive a caregiver training, a monthly stipend, stress counseling and access for health insurance. The program currently limits these veterans benefits to those who have been injured since 9/11/2001 who are unable to perform at least one daily living activities, such as getting dressed or preparing meals.

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