January 23, 2022

Georgia veterans lobby for changes to disability system

That’s where the problem comes in, he said. Though it seems that it ought to be easy to get two agencies under the same federal umbrella to communicate and cooperate better, it hasn’t worked that way, he said. The two agencies have different purposes, different rules and different regulations

“You wouldn’t believe the problems this is causing,” Lindenmayer said.

Even nudging from Congress hasn’t cleared all the roadblocks. That’s left some veterans trying to help each other by passing along tips that could prove helpful in navigating the systems. And Lindenmayer and others are lobbying lawmakers in Washington to make changes to the process to prevent disasters, like veterans losing their homes while waiting for disability approval.

The VA and SSA did not return calls but said in emails to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they are working to solve the problems.

The VA, Department of Defense and SSA ”continue to collaborate on ways to streamline the disability process for eligible Veterans. While VA and SSA have different requirements for disability rating, both agencies work diligently and swiftly to share documentation needed for benefits rating,” a VA spokesman said in an emailed response.

Seven years ago, a study by the Social Security Administration pointed out that the VA and the SSA “may not integrate well.” The agencies added regulations to help fast-track veterans who have a 100% disability rating from the VA. But it can take up to seven years to get approval for disability through the VA, according to VA records. It can take another two or more years to get approved by the SSA.

Some veterans approved for disability through the VA don’t realize they also can qualify for Social Security disability benefits, Lindenmayer said. That’s one reason he and others formed the Cherokee County group.

Retired Army Lt. Col. John Phillips, who works with the group, said members would like to see a single line added to VA disability approval letters informing veterans that they may also qualify for SSA payments. He and other members have also been lobbying Congress, the VA and SSA for it for 18 months, to no avail.

“You’d think it would be very easy to do something like that,” said Phillips, a former Coke executive.

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Retired Lt. Col. John Phillips, who is also a former Coca-Cola executive and founder of the nonprofit Vetlana, has been lobbying for changes to Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration to ease record sharing and cooperation. Photo by Sheryle Burger

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Retired Lt. Col. John Phillips, who is also a former Coca-Cola executive and founder of the nonprofit Vetlana, has been lobbying for changes to Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration to ease record sharing and cooperation. Photo by Sheryle Burger
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Retired Lt. Col. John Phillips, who is also a former Coca-Cola executive and founder of the nonprofit Vetlana, has been lobbying for changes to Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration to ease record sharing and cooperation. Photo by Sheryle Burger

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Credit: HANDOUT

He thinks veterans given a VA rating of 100% disabled and unemployable should be automatically approved for SSA disability. That is something Congress considered before, but did not approve.

Now, the two systems just don’t work together smoothly, some veterans say.

Lindenmayer said one veteran received a letter from the SSA saying it would take 10 months to get her records from the VA. The SSA told another veteran that it couldn’t get his complete VA medical records and his Social Security claim was denied, Lindenmayer said.

Georgia’s Rep. Barry Loudermilk has criticized the agencies for the slow sharing of documents and the backlogs of cases. The backlog at SSA was trending down until the pandemic hit, according to agency records.

“If you add the differing disability requirements the Department of Veterans Affairs has versus the Social Security Administration, with the delays caused by the pandemic and government closures, you can see why many disabled veterans are having trouble receiving their disability insurance — or even getting answers to their basic questions,” Loudermilk wrote to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Josh Lear, 49, a former Marine who served in Somalia then suffered a debilitating head injury in a truck wreck, went through the process of getting his VA disability, then applied for SSA disability in 2016. He was denied, appealed and it took two years to win his case before an administrative law judge.

He would have lost his house had a friend not stepped in to keep payments current. He said he volunteers with the Cherokee County group because of what he went through.

“We don’t want people on Social Security who don’t need to be,” he said. “But those who do need it, we want that resource to be there.”

Shortly after 5pm SPD officers responded to the 2900 block of Summit View Court reference to a shooting incident. One...

Posted by Snellville Police Department on Friday, January 7, 2022

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He recommended commissioners consider crediting Republic customers who pay solid waste fees to the county in their tax bills."},{"_id":"BVLIMGUB2VFFJCZH25DMTKPLCU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641417192674},"type":"text","content":"The county needs to prepare for the possibility that its other four trash haulers could face similar problems and delays, Stephens said."},{"_id":"3S7JMMO5V5FKBJ4RQP5LDGAHTY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641421896711},"type":"text","content":"Homeowners paid the county $18.40 per month for solid waste collection last year, though seniors get a 25% discount. The county paid $18.09 per month to the haulers and kept the rest for administrative costs, Sorenson said. "},{"_id":"MLAJWSE6BNGGXBIL2FVOGIUYSY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Based on the number of buildings served, the county paid Republic nearly $14 million last year, he said."},{"_id":"5D4G4OWZ2BEIRNN3M36ABURO4Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641421896712},"type":"text","content":"All five residential haulers in the fall asked for rate increases ranging from 20 to 30 percent, Sorenson said. Their reasons included the increased wages and benefits required by the tightening labor market, greater amounts of waste to collect as people continue to work remotely and increased costs for materials and fuel due to global supply chain disruptions, Sorenson said."},{"_id":"GVB56SR6MRDVVNEWARYTVZGZR4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641423934196},"type":"text","content":"Commissioners this week vented frustration with the requests, given performance issues and the timing in the middle of a contract that runs through 2026. Hendrickson joked the commission was “talking trash.”"},{"_id":"U4Y7RZVJ75GIVG7JXGDA3VITIY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641417192676},"type":"text","content":"The county could re-bid its solid waste contract, but labor and fuel costs are rising."},{"_id":"NUWPJZDCXNHQXG7BZEJLA4JVE4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641417192677},"type":"text","content":"“It’s probably not the most favorable time to put things out for bid because we don’t know if the inflationary costs we’re seeing right now are going to be permanent,” Stephens said."},{"_id":"P46SKRC3WJGQJA26Z7TGDVWN5U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641417192678},"type":"text","content":"“I also see that flights are getting canceled, that hospitals are short-staffed,” he said. “I understand everybody’s frustrated, but we kind of are in this together, all of us.”"}],"display_date":"2022-01-06T12:00:00Z","headlines":{"basic":"Recycling collection suspended in eastern Gwinnett as trash piles up"},"first_publish_date":"2022-01-06T12:00:00Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/news","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"News","description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","_id":"/news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","default":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","LoggedOutMenu":null,"MainMenuRedesign2021":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":null,"TopicsBar":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"site_url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/","section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","site_title":"Atlanta GA News | Top News Page"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news","ancestors":{"AmpNav":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"LoggedOutMenu":[],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"TopicsBar":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":1001,"default":1001,"SectionMap":1018,"MainMenuRedesign2021":1001,"ComposerNav":1136}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/news/atlanta-news","parent":{"default":"/news"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/news","name":"Local News","description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","_id":"/news/atlanta-news","additional_properties":{"original":{"parent":{"AmpNav":"/news","default":"/news","BottomNav":null,"TopNavRedesign":null,"SectionMap":"https://www.ajc.com/","MainMenuRedesign2021":"/news","TopNav":null,"ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia city and county news, as well as Georgia state and regional news at ajc.com","site_title":"Atlanta Local News"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"Local News"},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section","_website":"ajc","name":"Local News","Sponsor":{"sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true","sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":""},"_id":"/news/atlanta-news","ancestors":{"TopNavRedesign":[],"SectionMap":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"MainMenuRedesign2021":["https://www.ajc.com/","/news"],"TopNav":[]},"order":{"AmpNav":2004,"default":2004,"SectionMap":1074,"MainMenuRedesign2021":2004,"ComposerNav":1082}}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news/atlanta-news","type":"section","version":"0.6.0"},{"path":"/neighborhoods/gwinnett","parent":{"default":"/neighborhoods"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/neighborhoods","name":"Gwinnett County","description":"Local news for Gwinnett County, GA including Gwinnett County Schools, high school sports, things to do from the AJC. 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