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October 2013 Archives

Backlog of veterans' disability claims: a post-shutdown update

Throughout the year, we've been following the problem of the backlog in processing claims by veterans for disability benefits. The year began with a big backlog of those claims. But the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) agreed to collaborate more closely to expedite the processing of claims. And over the summer, the VA approved a "surge" of overtime work to reduce the waiting times for benefits.

Disability benefit applications: know the vocabulary of SSDI

The partial federal government shutdown is finally over. That means, for one thing, that Social Security Administration (SSA) offices are open again, in Southeast Michigan and across the nation.

Amid the budget battle, remembering the rationale for SSD

Critics who try to paint the Social Security disability (SSD) system as excessively expansive are out in force again as the partial government shutdown continues. Checks continue to go out for now, as we discussed last week.

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