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January 2016 Archives

Social Security disability benefits for children

Many people believe that Social Security benefits are available primarily for older Americans or adults with injuries or disabilities. However, California families with low incomes and few resources may qualify for Social Security Income for a child afflicted with a serious illness or disability.

Air evacuation from combat zones may worsen brain injury

Traumatic brain injury has become one of the most significant veterans' issues as over 330,000 U.S. troops suffered this injury over the last 15 years. It has become one of the leading causes of fatalities and injuries related to combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. A recent study is alarming because it concludes that air evacuation of wounded soldiers may have caused further harm to those with brain injuries.

Vocational factor regulations for SSD benefits under review

In proposed federal regulations issued last September, the Social Security Administration solicited public comment addressing how it should consider age, education and work experience factors when making adult disability claims under the Social Security Act. The SSA is considering these comments because there were significant changes in technology and workforce demographics since it adopted its regulations 38 years ago.

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