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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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I don't know if this is the right forum however I wanted to post an update. I am currently 100% Sc and I applied for SSD back in March of this year (2011), I hired a law firm to represent me throughout the SSD process and the following is a timeline of what occurred during that time. I was just denied again today so here goes.

1.Hired Lawyer and Applied for SSD March 2011

2. Received first response from SSD in June 2011 (Denied)

3. Lawyer applied for an appeal (June 2011)

4. SSD notified me of the appeal notification and SSD stated that they (SSD) were notified in writing that stated Law firm was respresenting me (June 2011).

5. SSD contacted me and requested more evidence i.e, any new meds or new doctors (July 2011) notifed me by phone.

6. SSD contacted me and stated that my appeal was denied again and that I have 60 days from the date of the letter (25 August 2011) to request a hearing in front of an ALJ (Administrative Law Judge). Received denial letter today 29 August 2011.

From what my lawyer briefed me on, because of my age (40) and my education (Assoc. Degree), I would probably be denied all the way up until I see an ALJ. No luck needed I know I will eventually prevail.

Vet2010

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What are ALL of your medical conditions listed for your SSDI request.

What EXACTLY did SSA state in their denial of benefits ?

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I don't know if this is the right forum however I wanted to post an update. I am currently 100% Sc and I applied for SSD back in March of this year (2011), I hired a law firm to represent me throughout the SSD process and the following is a timeline of what occurred during that time. I was just denied again today so here goes.

1.Hired Lawyer and Applied for SSD March 2011

2. Received first response from SSD in June 2011 (Denied)

3. Lawyer applied for an appeal (June 2011)

4. SSD notified me of the appeal notification and SSD stated that they (SSD) were notified in writing that stated Law firm was respresenting me (June 2011).

5. SSD contacted me and requested more evidence i.e, any new meds or new doctors (July 2011) notifed me by phone.

6. SSD contacted me and stated that my appeal was denied again and that I have 60 days from the date of the letter (25 August 2011) to request a hearing in front of an ALJ (Administrative Law Judge). Received denial letter today 29 August 2011.

From what my lawyer briefed me on, because of my age (40) and my education (Assoc. Degree), I would probably be denied all the way up until I see an ALJ. No luck needed I know I will eventually prevail.

Vet2010

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I see I am not the only one with too much education. Waiting for a response now from ALJ for SSD or SSI. Haven't worked in 20 months due to bad health. Here's a thought ...let's sue for discrimination. Too smart !

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I see I am not the only one with too much education. Waiting for a response now from ALJ for SSD or SSI. Haven't worked in 20 months due to bad health. Here's a thought ...let's sue for discrimination. Too smart !

Gee if education is the driving factor for denial, I guess I better not apply. I never knew it was based on that, I was always under the impression it was your disability.

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The exact wording is as follows, because of my age (40), previous work experience (Infantry solider for 20yrs), and my education I can do limited work based on my education. I know it sounds crazy but, MAN, what the heck. Also they stated they based their decision on all medical documents, VA, Specialty docs, Pain doc, and the Local ER records. I have a hard time believing that because my Pain managment doc have me on Exalgo ( hydramorphine) and he told me I cannot work. The claim is as follows,

1. Depression (50% VA)

2. Back Pain ( 20%)

3. Medication intake

4. Prostate (40%)

these are just what I claimed for SSD however I have multiple 10% claims that equal up to 100% Sc. I spoke to a friend earlier today and he stated that I shuldn't have put my education on the Paper. An Assoc. degree my goodness, I feel sorry for those you out there who have a Masters. You should have failed a few courses (lol)... I will keep everyone posted.

Toothpic- how log ago did you apply and what happened at the ALJ appearance? Thanks

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