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Filipino Veterans Could Get Benefits Under New Bill

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

When it comes to veterans benefits, there’s not a lot of fairness. Everything should be equal when it comes to who gets what, but the truth is that there is a lot of discrimination in the Department of Veterans Affairs. For example, there is racial discrimination. The Filipino veterans who fought with American troops… Read More »

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Backlog Hits SSA, 1 Million People Waiting For Benefits

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Are you disabled and waiting for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits? If so, you’re not alone. Estimates show that more than 1 million Americans are waiting for their benefits to be approved. That’s a huge number. In fact, this is a record, the most ever. It currently takes the Social Security Administration (SSA)… Read More »

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Can You Get Food Stamps If You Get SSDI?

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

If you are struggling financially due to disability or some other reason, there are programs that can help. You can receive benefits or even free items to help you get through tough economic times. Those who are disabled rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). These benefits are given to those who have a… Read More »

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SSA Makes Overpayments, Demands Money Back

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

When a person is disabled, they can receive Social Security Disability payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Getting these benefits is a difficult task, often taking longer than a year. Once people are approved for these benefits, they are ecstatic. They start paying their bills and other expenses. But last year, the SSA… Read More »

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Mental Health Issues Now #1 Workplace Injury

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

If you’ve ever held down a job, you know that work can be very stressful. But how bad is it really? Apparently, chronic stress, anxiety, and burnout are so pervasive nowadays that mental health issues are now considered to be the top injury in the workplace. Toxic workplaces are no longer just a buzzword;… Read More »

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Healthcare For LGBTQ+ Veterans

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Veterans are offered many healthcare benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). One unique benefit of VA Albany is that employees are trained on how to coordinate care for LGBTQ+ veterans. The care coordinators are fully equipped to support the health, welfare, and dignity of these veterans and their families. LGBTQ+ veterans face… Read More »

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New York Schools Must Have Workplace Violence Prevention Plans In Place

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

When we go to work, we expect to be safe, for the most part. However, things have changed in the past decade or so. There are threats everywhere. Even in the nicest neighborhood, you could get shot at while walking down the street. The same goes for work. You could be a teacher at… Read More »

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Other Benefits You Can Get Besides SSDI

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

If you are disabled and expect to be so for more than a year, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSDI benefits provide an average payment of $1,358 per month for a single person or $2,383 per family. While this is a decent amount of money, the cost of living… Read More »

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SSA Announces 3.2% Increase For 2024

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

It seems prices are constantly skyrocketing. It’s costing more to fill up your car with gas. It’s not uncommon for a trip to the grocery store to cost a few hundred dollars. Forget trying to buy a car or house. If you live on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, your situation is even… Read More »

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Helping Veterans With Cancer Deal With Unique Challenges

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Learning you have cancer can be devastating. It can be especially hard for veterans, who may not always have the support they need to deal with everyday challenges. Those with head and neck cancer face unique challenges, such as Veterans with head and neck cancers experience difficult health challenges, such as pain, dietary restrictions,… Read More »

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