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Allsup to Help Veterans with Disability Benefits at St. Louis Area Conference for Military Families

"No Family Left Behind" serves mentally wounded warriors and their families. Event will be held April 24-25 at Faith Family Church in Shiloh, Illinois

Belleville, Ill.-April 16, 2015- Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Illinois, and Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, are hubs for U.S. military communities in and around the greater St. Louis metro area  About 1.2 million veterans and 40,000 active duty service members live in Illinois and Missouri, and a significant number of them have a disability, according to Allsup, a nationwide veterans disability appeal and Social Security Disability (SSDI) insurance representation company.

Allsup representatives will help veterans and active-duty service members understand federal disability benefit programs at the No Family Left Behind conference, April 24-25, at Faith Family Church in Shiloh, Illinois. Military personnel with disabilities may be eligible for SSDI benefits from the Social Security Administration in addition to compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Allsup disability specialists will provide program eligibility screenings and information both days of the conference. VA-accredited Claims Agent Brett Buchanan will be available for individual consultations regarding VA disability appeals on Saturday, April 25, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

"If someone has a condition they believe originated from service, he or she may meet eligibility criteria for a service-connected disability," said Buchanan.  "The VA will establish a rating for that disability, from zero to 100 percent, in increments of 10 percent."

The ratings can make a big difference in a veteran's standard of living, and they can appeal the VA's decision if they believe their rating is too low. However, the appeals process is complicated and lengthy. Veterans can expect to receive a decision from the second decision maker anywhere from two to four years. An appeal to the Board of Veteran Appeals can take another three to five years. 

This lengthy process points to the need for specialized help. Veterans assisted by VA-accredited Claims Agents generally receive a higher approval rate and disability benefit rating.

It's estimated that from 3.6 to 15.9 percent of the nearly four million veterans who receive VA disability compensation also receive SSDI benefits, based on information from the Center for Retirement Research and a 2007 Veterans Disability Benefits Commission report. The report suggested that the relatively low number of veterans with severe disabilities receiving SSDI was a strong indication that veterans either did not know they were eligible for SSDI, or they were being denied SSA benefits.

SSDI is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program. Portions of the FICA taxes workers pay are set aside for SSDI, Social Security retirement and Medicare. SSDI provides income to individuals unable to work due to a disability, and qualifies them for Medicare 24 months after cash benefits begin.

Allsup handles both VA disability appeals and SSDI claims, providing veterans who are eligible for both programs expert help and representation.

For more information on Allsup's VA disability appeal services, call (888) 372-1190 or visit Veterans.Allsup.com.

For more information on SSDI eligibility, call the Allsup Disability Evaluation Center at (888) 841-2126 or visit Expert.Allsup.com.

For a complete list of workshops and speakers for the No Family Left Behind conference, visit http://operationhonor.net/ or click here to register. The conference is free and childcare will be provided.

ABOUT ALLSUP

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, exchange plan and Medicare services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis. For more information, go to www.Allsup.com.

Contact:

Tai Venuti
(618) 236-8573  

Rebecca Ray
(618) 236-5065