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Social Security Disability Archives

Social Security Disability benefits to rise 2 percent next year

There is good news today from the Social Security Administration. The federal agency announced that Social Security Disability benefits recipients are to receive a 2 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA). The increase means the average SSDI beneficiary will see their monthly check rise from $1,173 to $1,197.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day

No matter where you go on planet Earth -- from Charlotte to Cherbourg or from Cape Town to Caracas, October 10th will be World Mental Health Day. Regardless of geography, the objective of the day's observation will be raising awareness of mental illness and the ways in which people can get support.

Part two of SSDI backlog: another side of the story

Regular readers know that we shared the first half of a story about the SSDI backlog that has gotten so much attention in the press lately. We are going to pick up this story again; a tale that revolves around a locksmith who lost his job due to a back injury that diminished his productivity. He found himself out of work, disabled by his back pain and forced to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

SSDI backlog: another side of the story

Residents of North Carolina are known for working hard and playing hard. Many of us identify with the work we do; it's a part of who we are and how we present ourselves to the world. When an injury or illness prevents a person from working, there is often a difficult period of adjustment.

Associated Press: SSDI backlog now tops 1 million

One million is a big number. Despite the astronomical figures in the federal debt, baseball player salaries and the number of results you get a typical Google search, a million is still a lot. And when more than a million Americans are on a Social Security Disability waiting list, the number becomes heartbreaking.

Expert advice on coping with disability

It is interesting to see how life can turn itself around. A rich person can become poor and a poor person can become rich. Thin can become fat and fat become thin. A person who was once rejected because of a disability can be sought after for advice about disabilities.

Frustration mounts over Social Security Disability backlog

There is little doubt that many North Carolina voters have grown impatient with our federal government. Democrats and Republicans alike are frustrated with the snail's pace at which improvements are made to Washington D.C.'s bureaucracy.

In her own words: She is glad now that she applied for SSDI

A recent newspaper op-ed speaks directly to the many difficult issues people face as they wrestle with the possibility that serious medical issues will prevent them from continuing to work. The op-ed was written by a woman who has struggled with autoimmune diseases since childhood.

Workplace exposure to fumes, dust linked to lung disease

One of the things that make Charlotte such an attractive place to live is the ease with which we can escape urban life and enjoy hiking, boating, camping and many other outdoor activities in which we get plenty of sun and fresh air.

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