On March 17, 2014, the Social Security Administration (SSA) implemented a new program to expedite disability claims for Veterans who had been issued a 100% permanent and total disability rating by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). On May 2, 2014, the VA agreed to provide a data match on all Veteran’s with the 100% disability rating as of February 28, 2014 who currently have a disability claim pending with SSA in order to make sure that the claims already in process also receive expedited handling. The VA rating does not guarantee an award of benefits, a disability examiner will still need to determine whether the veteran also meets Social Security’s strict standards of disability, but a 100% disability rating from the VA will move the application to the forefront for a quick decision. If you believe you may meet the criteria for expedited claim handling or have questions about eligibility for Social Security Disability, contact The Advocator Group at (877) 261-1947.
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At The Advocator Group, we can alleviate the financial stress of a debilitating disability by securing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for our claimants. But that’s only part of the challenge that someone with a disability faces. We are hoping that stories of inspiration can help disabled individuals overcome some of those challenges and allow them to return to living a full life.
So with today being Veterans Day, there’s no better opportunity to introduce you to someone who has met the challenges of becoming disabled head-on, and continues to live every day to the fullest.
Kirk Bauer lost his leg to a hand grenade in the Vietnam War, and for the past 41 years, he’s dedicated his life to inspiring others to pick up the pieces and make the most of their lives after a disability. Through his work as the Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA, Kirk uses competitive sports to show people that disability isn’t the end, but rather the beginning of a great new chapter in life.
Kirk had his first experience with the organization when he returned from the battlefield in 1969. It had just been founded two years earlier by a group of other Vietnam and World War II veterans. At the time, the small group of organizers could only offer skiing instruction to other veterans who were returning from war with life-changing disabilities.
“When I came back I had one leg, I had shrapnel in me, and it took seven operations and six months for them to put me back together again,” says Bauer. “I was faced with what many of these young men and women [returning from Iraq and Afghanistan] are faced with now. I didn’t know who I was anymore.”
In the hospital, Kirk was approached by fellow veterans who recommended that he try working with the organization they had started, Disabled Sports USA. He started skiing and noticed immediate benefits from the exercise. (more…)