Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Need Us to Protect Social Security Disability Benefits

Today is Veteran's Day.  Lets honor veterans by strengthening our Social Security disability system for current and future generations. 
American veterans need action not empty rhetoric.  Veteran's need us to protect Social Security Disability programs in the midst of all the recent attacks against a safety net that has been vital to them and their families.  Any cuts in Social Security will make life harder than it already has been for the 22 million veterans in the U.S.
Did you know that 1 in 5 adult Social Security beneficiaries is a veteran?  Vets and their families make up more than a third of the Social Security beneficiary population. 
Currently, there are 3.2 million disabled veterans.  As a Social Security Disability Lawyer, I have seen how difficult it is for veterans to obtain disability benefits.  I have also seen how severely American Servicemen and women have by affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
According to a news story published today "The numbers are staggering- more than 1,600 Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans have lost limbs. Over 156 are blind.  More than 177,000 have suffered hearing loss and upwards of 200 need face transplants.
Also, this doesn’t cover the number of silent troops- the ones who experienced horrific things and haven’t spoken up."
Click here to read an article about the importance of Social Security for Veteran's.