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Applying for SSD with degenerative back problems

Many people in Indiana may suffer from degenerative disc disease affecting their backs so significantly that they are unable to work. As a result, they may apply for Social Security Disability benefits to provide some income. The Social Security Administration uses strict guidelines to assess applications, especially at the initial stage. Degenerative disc disease is one type of impairment that is covered directly in the "blue book" describing impairments, along with other disorders affecting the spine like osteoarthritis or vertebral fractures. These guidelines provide criteria for the severity of the illness that should be met in order to receive disability benefits.

A disabled vet may also be eligible for SSDI

Veterans and their Indiana families understand sacrifice, more so than most others who have not served. When the active tour of duty has ended, the hope is to return to civilian life and resume some level of normalcy as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that is all but impossible for disabled veterans. While nothing can replace that which the vet has lost, there may be some easing of the difficult circumstances ahead if the individual can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance in addition to the veteran's benefits received.

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