201205.25
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Create an Account and View Your Benefits Online

SSA continues its foray into the digital age by making it easier for Americans to view their personal SSA information online. When you visit http://www.ssa.gov/mystatement/, you can create an online account that will allow you view the following: 1.       Estimates of the retirement and disability benefits you may receive; 2.       Estimates of the benefits your…

201205.18
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What is Considered a Critical Case?

When a person has to file a claim for disability benefits, that alone can constitute a difficult situation in that person’s life. However, due to several other factors that may come in to play in an individual’s claim, that difficult situation can become a critical one. For SSA, a Critical Case is considered such if…

201205.11
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Malingering: Why SSA Must Proceed With Caution

Malingering is defined as pretending or exaggerating incapacity or illness as to avoid duty or work (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malingering). People may malinger for a variety of secondary gain motives, which may include financial compensation, avoiding work, school or military service, obtaining prescription drugs, or simply to attract attention or sympathy.  Malingering presents a problem for SSA when…

201205.04
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SSA’s Role in the Wounded Warrior Project

In order to help expedite claims for our military service members who have become disabled while serving our country, SSA became part of the Wounded Warrior Project. The mission statement of the Wounded Warrior Project is “To Honor and Empower Wounded Warriors.” The Project will achieve this by: –          Raising awareness and enlisting the public’s…