Scandal always makes good news copy. Even if there isn't one. In fact, a scandal that relies on innuendo and implication is the best kind of all, because it can never be refuted. Much has been made of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability program. It has grown large and costs billions every year, and much of that growth is the result of demographics and the aging of the American workforce. Yet many would like to imply that the growth is really caused by fraud.
Social Security is best known for its retirement program, which provides payments to Americans who have reached their retirement age, worked the necessary number of quarters and paid FICA tax. The disability program from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is becoming better known, and the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program provides benefits for workers who have developed some medical condition or disease the prevents them from working for at least 12 months.
Obtaining benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for a disability that leaves a worker unable to continue their employment is not easy. With all of the news regarding fraud by some people in connection with alleged disabilities, there is good reason why the application process for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is so rigorous.
Just as many of our clients face difficult challenges with their health, which prompts their need for assistance programs like Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), so too, does the Social Security Administration (SSA) face challenges in the operation of programs like SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Our country's veterans have put their lives on the line for the betterment of America and the world. When they come home, they expect and deserve to be treated with dignity. Yet, veterans have recently seen poor treatment as VA backlogs keep them from the benefits they have earned.