disability

When veterans with war injuries need accessible housing, they often have few options.

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When blood flow to the brain is compromised, a stroke or "brain attack" can occur, causing a medical emergency. Depending on the severity of the attack, patients can experience muscle weakness, difficulties with speech, or partial paralysis. 

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Navigating public transportation, arranging for a ride service, or sometimes just getting down the sidewalk are daily situations that can be problematic for people with disabilities.

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Almost 18 percent of Americans with a disability were employed last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Still, the unemployment rate for people with a disability is twice as high – at 10.5 percent – than those without a disability (4.6 percent).

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The Veterans Administration is trying to streamline its disability claims process by involving outside organizations. 

On September 8th, the VA unveiled its Decision Ready Claims program, which promises a decision for upgrading disability compensation within 30 days of filing. That reduced wait time could be a plus for many vets. 

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