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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'm rated at 100% for PTSD with MDD with psychotic features,  60% for CFS, 30% for IBS. I had to medically retire from my job back in June of 2014. I got approved for Social Security in December of 2014. I get the SMC based on housebound criteria. My question is do I qualify for SMC L for Aid & Attendance. Thanks in Advance for any help...

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