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9/11 first responder cleared of fraud, but can't regain benefits

Part of the horrific tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was the fate of many first responders who bravely tried to rescue victims inside the World Trade Center. Many lost their lives. Others survived, but were left with illnesses and injuries that linger to this day.

Senate committee: 29% of disabled Americans are in poverty

For those who accuse people who receive Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income payments of taking advantage of the system, a government report recently announced that nearly three in 10 disabled people live in poverty.

Aphasia can rob the ability to speak, write

With all the attention that brain injuries have received in the press in the past couple of years, most of us are aware of common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, even if we have never experienced one ourselves. Dizziness, sensitivity to light, memory problems, nausea, confusion: these are the sorts of debilitating symptoms the average person associates with TBI.

Those with depression may be able to receive disability benefits

Depression is not something to be taken lightly. Anyone who suffers from depression, also commonly referred to as clinical depression, major depressive illness or unipolar mood disorder, knows depression is more than just feeling a little sad or blue. Rather, depression can be a lifelong mental illness that greatly impacts a person's life and their ability to hold down steady employment. Because of the severity of the illness, those suffering from depression may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits. 

How does ALS cause disability?

By now, most of our readers have probably heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. For those who have not, it is a fundraiser campaign, where participants donate $10 to the ALS Association and post a video online of a bucket of cold water being dumped over their head. The participant then challenges three other people to do the same within 24 hours, or donate $100 instead.

Appeal is possible after an SSD application rejection

Social Security disability applicants whose claims are denied may feel disappointed or frustrated. This is understandable. However, a denied SSD claim is not the end of the road for people who can no longer work due to a physical, mental or emotional condition.

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