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Attorney Edwin Arita successfully argued the cases of:

Julie in Dallas - approved as of 2008
Richard of Terrell - approved as of 2009
Billy of Elm Mott - approved as of 2011
Kevin of Glen Heights - approved as of 2012

All these deserving clients will receive back pay and monthly checks. Julie, Richard and Billy will receive Medicare. Kevin's Medicare eligibility will begin in 2015 after he receives 24 months of disability benefits. What great life changing news for these wonderful clients!

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is a federal program set in place to provide assistance to those with disabilities. SSDI pays benefits to a person and their family if the individual previously worked at a job that paid into Social Security taxes.

The Social Security Administration generally defines disability as the inability to perform or engage in daily activities due to any medical, physical, or mental impairment. This impairment must last or at least be expected to last longer than 12 months to qualify.

What mental disabilities qualify for SSDI benefits?

The Social Security Administration treats mental disability as it does physical disability and will cover conditions such as schizophrenia, manic depressive disorder, ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, and more. An extensive list of mental disabilities covered through SSDI can be found at the Social Security Administration Disability Evaluation Bluebook.

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Beginning March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA rating of 100% may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security Disability Benefits. This does not guarantee that Veterans will be approved for Social Security Disability benefits. Veterans must still meet the Social Security eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.

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Under current VA regulations, veterans who are prescribed a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine receive an automatic rating of 50 percent disability rating if approved. In fiscal 2013, veterans receiving compensation for sleep apnea jumped by 26 percent, to include more than 29,000 beneficiaries, VA data show. As of Oct. 1, a total of 143,278 vets were rated disabled by sleep apnea. 89 percent of those approved received ratings of at least 50 percent.

For more information, visit: http://www.military.com/benefits/2014/02/20/va-congress-shrug-as-sleep-apnea-claims-surge.html

Military veterans who say they were sickened by lingering amounts of the herbicide Agent Orange after the Vietnam War now have some strong scientific support for their claims. According to Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, studies support the fact that Veteran's who flew in planes contaminated with any dioxin or components of Agent Orange were more likely to be exposed than those servicemen who had boots on the ground in Vietnam.

For more information, visit:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/agent-orange-veterans-air-force-c123s_n_4828180.html

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