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Stop Social Security from denying benefits to 100% disabled veterans

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Social Security is denying disability insurance to veterans deemed 100% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This is placing veterans with military service related injuries through unneeded bureaucratic and financial hardships, while also putting the benefits they are receiving through the VA in jeopardy. Please stand with our injured veterans by asking Social Security to accept the disability assessment completed by the VA when considering disability benefits. Federal agencies must be on the same page to better serve our veterans.

In 2010 the VA determined I was 100% disabled and unemployable from a military service related injury. Unable to work, I also applied for Social Security disability payments. I was shocked they would not accept the VA’s assessment and required a second evaluation. They determined I was not 100% disabled and could work because I had a college degree, reasoning I could sit at a desk all day despite the medical documentation and the VA assessment saying otherwise.

The discrepancy between these two agencies creates a painful catch-22 for thousands of disabled veterans. When Social Security’s assessment contradicts the VA’s, not only are veterans denied Social Security disability payments, it threatens the benefits they receive from the VA. If we were to get a job to make ends meet, enduring pain and the worsening of our injuries, the VA could stop our benefits. Our veterans should not be placed into this situation.

Many veterans rely on the combined benefits from the VA and Social Security just to stay afloat. The current policy of requiring two assessments wastes taxpayer dollars, creates confusion, and results in many veterans not receiving the benefits they earned. We need an immediate change in policy to protect those who have sacrificed their health. Please sign and share my petition calling on Social Security to accept the disability and employment assessments of the VA. Thank you for supporting America’s veterans.

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