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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2013 – The 2013 sequester has many people concerned about what the cuts will mean for their Social Security payments. The AARP has begun running informational ads to explain what the impact of the Chained CPI Social Security benefit cuts may look like. Many Social Security advocates are deeply concerned about how those cuts may adversely affect whole groups of people. Social Security does not only help the elderly and disabled, the benefits also go to children who have lost a parent and need financial support. And, says the AARP, women will be […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – In spite of incoming troops and vocal criticism, VA benefits backlog only continues to grow. Military veterans are waiting an average of nine months after returning home for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process their disability claims. Congress recently criticized the VA and the Department of Defense for failing to merge troop records into one streamlined electronic system which would help to shorten the backlog. “It seems impossible to have such a level of bureaucracy that vets are not getting the benefits to which they are entitled for such a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2013 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has launched some new features and rules for 2013. Social Security has asked that beneficiaries switch to a paperless system; though they will continue to send paper checks to those who insist on them, payments can be directly deposited or sent to an issued debit card, accessible wherever MasterCard is accepted. By not mailing out checks every month, the Social Security Administration estimates that it will see significant savings as well as reduce the incidents of lost or stolen checks. The online system includes an electronic […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2013 – There may soon be revised and much more accessible tuition support for Florida vets. A bill was recently introduced to require Florida schools to grant tuition benefits to vets eligible for GI bill educations, regardless of the vet’s residency status. The bill would allow U.S. military vets to receive in-state tuition at in-state universities and other schools in the Florida College System, as well as online schools. If the bill gets through the Florida House and Senate, it goes into effect on July 1 of this year. “Any support for vets […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2013 – Single Stop has been providing government and private anti-poverty benefits counseling to clients at or below the poverty level for more than ten years. Single Stop uses a specialized computer system which calculates each client’s program eligibility and indicates the appropriate social service offices for assistance with child care, food pantry access, transportation services and welfare benefits. Now, the people at Single Stop have teamed up with financial support from the Robin Hood Foundation to help military veterans reintegrate after service in a pilot program scheduled to run to the end […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2013 – Many people are wondering if there will be new changes to Social Security. While the ongoing debate about the U.S. debt ceiling has many people concerned about government spending, the economy, and tax rates, some analysts are watching to see if the lawmakers skip making new changes to the Social Security program. The Social Security system provides for the disabled and the elderly with much-needed funds; some 14 million elderly individuals live just above the poverty level. If changes are made to Social Security, says analysts, it will likely be made […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2013 – The debate over eligibility ages for Social Security and Medicare continues. While proposals to raise the eligibility ages for Social Security and Medicare stay in the news, social scientists and other longevity researchers have found that not everyone is living longer. While higher-income, well-educated individuals are showing extended life expectancies, many other demographic groups are not. Caucasian men and women in the U.S. who have 16 or more years of education have life expectancies far beyond African-American men and women with less than 12 years of education. Caucasian men are living […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – Studies show that substance abuse continues to be an issue for veterans. According to a new study from the Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group, male military vets, with a history of heavy drinking, are seeking treatment in higher numbers than ever before. Many veterans who have sought treatment, report better health and lower instances of depression, when compared to their civilian counterparts. “There are a number of effective solutions for vets dealing with alcohol or other substance abuse issues,” said Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. The study was recently […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2012 – A recent survey shows that most people support Social Security Disability Insurance . The survey, conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies, discovered that 83 percent of the 1,000 U.S. citizens polled agreed that any Social Security Disability Insurance benefit cuts would be an unfair policy shift. Eight percent of those polled in a survey commissioned by the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) said they favored a reduction in benefits available to eligible disabled workers. Most poll respondents indicated that they would prefer that Washington lawmakers kept their focus on […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2012 – Female vets are having an especially difficult time re-entering the workforce. Although women make up some 15 percent of the military troops re-entering the U.S., and 15 percent of the entire U.S. armed forces, few Americans seem aware of women as veterans. The unemployment rate for post-9/11 female vets is currently at 19.9 percent, up from 14.7 percent in 2011. “Many factors may be contributing to the unemployment numbers, including the largest-ever enlistment by women, ” says David Magann, a Tampa veterans attorney. “More women in the military means more women […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2012 – There is a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment going to 56 million U.S. residents receiving Social Security benefits and 1.9 million federal retirees. However, it is too small of an increase to change many budgets, senior advocates say. The 1.7 percent increase may be one of the last for a while, if concerned Social Security advocates are correct. The latest cost-of-living adjustment increase known as 2013 COLA was recently announced by the Social Security Administration, and was just over half the 3.6 percent increase introduced for last year. Advocates are concerned that the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2012 – An Iraq War veteran recently brought suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs. The former Marine has alleged that he received poor treatment from the VA for his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has requested more than $5 million for what he claims was medical malpractice. Stanley Laskowski III brought suit against the VA in 2010, claiming that the medical center based in Pennsylvania prescribed him medications that were not appropriate for treating his PTSD. His lawyer stated that it was an uncomplicated matter, as the VA has extensive experience medicating […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – According to a recent column by Financial Advisor’s Associate Editor Karen DeMasters, if an individual is looking to retire, it is best to take one’s spouse into account when deciding when to begin drawing on Social Security benefits. If one’s spouse lives longer, that individual is essentially drawing from their future funds. “It is common for people to gauge when to begin drawing on their social security benefits based on their own retirement wishes,” agrees Brandon Social Security disability attorney David Magann. “But it is important that they also look at […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2012 – President Obama stated he is putting more resources toward aid for vets and their families. The goal of Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families, he stated, is to expand mental health support for service members, veterans and family members for treatment for substance abuse, depression and suicide. The White House issued a statement that making sure that veterans, active service members and their families can and do receive support, and acknowledges that more than two million service members have deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2012 – A nurses’ assistant in Roanoke, VA, was recently sentenced to 24 years in prison, though she will likely serve a mere fraction of that sentence behind bars. Ashley Michelle Sweeney was convicted of stealing wedding rings from veterans at Virginia Veterans Care Center, a state nursing home, and pawning them. Sweeney stated that she needed the cash to support her addiction to pain killers she alleges developed after gallbladder surgery several years previous. Case prosecutors stated that Sweeney had an accomplice, another aide at the home, Brittney Heather Cook. Cook was […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – One of the hottest topics for not just seniors but for workers across the U.S. is the security of Social Security benefits and the potential upcoming reform to the system. The Social Security Administration has announced that the fund will eventually be drained; the Administrations’ most recent forecast estimates that Social Security will be unsustainable by 2033, unless it is radically changed. The founder of Social Security Solutions, William Meyer, states that Social Security must change, and that predictions on when changes are implemented, and whom will be impacted are key […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2012 – The U.S. House just passed H.R. 1627, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act, which is now awaiting the President’s signature. The Act is slated to provide a number of welcome changes to veterans and military families, including health, education and housing benefits. “It’s heartening to see how comprehensive the bill is and how quickly it has made its way through the system,” remarked David Magann, a Tampa veterans’ disability attorney. “The VA system currently in place has long needed additional measures to meet the needs and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – Beneficiaries of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program will see a reduction in their benefit checks by an estimated 21 percent within the next four years. According to The 2012 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds, burgeoning disability claims are slated to exhaust the fund by 2016. “Though some SSDI costs will be covered by money previously earmarked for other benefits, SSDI recipients are being advised that they will most likely be facing across-the-board benefit reductions,” […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2012 – Regardless of where one has served or what branch of the military it was in, such honorable service to the country deserves the maximum amount of disability compensation available. Filing a disability claim can be incredibly slow and grating on the nerves, as recently reported rampant cases of backlogs, delays and errors in California Veteran’s Affairs (VA), especially in Oakland, are showing. “Sometimes, claims can be stuck in the system for years,” said Tampa veterans lawyer David W. Magann, PA, a Marine Corps veteran.” Receiving an initial decision on a case […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2012 – A new program designed to retrain almost 100,000 veterans for the American workforce launches this month. The Veteran Retraining Assistance Program is a joint venture between the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is a part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. VOW stands for Veterans Opportunity to Work. “This ought to be a fantastic opportunity for veterans to get some more education so that they can get higher-paying jobs,” said Tampa veterans disability lawyer David Magann. “This opportunity will be able to help disabled vets, […]


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