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Important issues that matter most to veterans and their families

Veterans and military families in West Virginia have many important and serious issues they may be faced with on a regular basis. Homelessness, trauma, risk of suicide and problems with behavior-related health matters that sometimes involve the criminal justice system are among the critical veterans concerns that have been identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, which is an agency that provides access to essential resources for military members and immediate family members.

How will a spinal cord injury affect your ability to work?

A spinal cord injury is a significant and traumatic event that can have detrimental consequences for the victim. If you suffered this type of injury, you understand that the implications can affect your entire life, for the rest of your life. Depending on the nature of your injuries, it is possible you will be unable to work.

Obtaining student loan relief after an injury

If a federal student loan is cancelled, forgiven or discharged, it means that there is no further requirement to make payments. It is important for West Virginia residents and others to know that not finishing school is generally not a valid reason for not paying a loan. Typically, loans are discharged because a school shuts down or because of a permanent injury that makes it impossible to work.

How medical records influence disability cases

West Virginia residents should be as specific as possible when telling their doctors about their physical or mental impairments. This is because an examiner is looking for specific evidence of how an impairment limits an individual's ability to work when reviewing a Social Security Disability benefit application. In most cases, an applicant's medical records will determine if that individual is entitled to assistance from the government.

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