Lisa Nuss

Lisa Nuss


Lisa Nuss is a lawyer, research analyst, and writer with a background in judicial and legislative work. Her opinions have been published in major newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Francisco Chronicle as well as online in the Huffington Post and the (UK) Guardian. Her writing has been used as curriculum in university courses and at the Southern Poverty Law Center. While attending the University of Oregon as an undergrad, Lisa was named the Gerlinger Cup winner and went on to earn a J.D. and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of Washington.

SSI Disability Benefits for Autistic Children

By / April 17, 2017 / SSI Benefits / 6 Comments

The purpose of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments is to help disabled people, or their families, who have limited financial resources. Children with certain disabilities can be eligible for Social Security disability benefits beginning from birth. In the case of parents with autistic children, this money can help provide needed therapies and care to maximize a child’s abilities and strengths. Applying for SSI is a two-step process of showing financial need and using medical evidence to demonstrate the level of disability. Financial Need The Social Security Administration provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to disabled people with limited financial resources....Read more

Watch Out for VA Pension Benefit Scams

By / March 20, 2017 / Veterans Disability / No Comments

War-time veterans and their survivors who are in financial need may qualify for Veterans’ Affairs pension benefits. While these funds are intended for those who have sacrificed for our country, sadly, there are scammers who see a pot of money and devise ways to “help” that in reality will cost you more money. These offers may sound like a good deal but they rarely are. Their pitches are often based on half-truths, so they sound realistic – but they don’t tell you the whole story and they don’t warn you about long-term consequences. The Federal Trade Commission warns veterans that...Read more

Special Needs Trusts Can Provide For Disabled Children

By / March 20, 2017 / Managing Your Money / No Comments

As a parent with a disabled child, you want to know that your child will be cared for when you can no longer provide or manage the care yourself. There are many financial tools that help families with special needs planning for the life of their child. A Special Needs Trust is one method that can ensure your child has the funds needed to live a full life after you are gone. Mechanics of the Special Needs Trust There are several forms that a Special Needs Trust can take. First of all, the trust can cover assets directly owned by...Read more

Homeless Veterans Housing Assistance Vouchers

By / March 20, 2017 / Veterans Disability / No Comments

The federal agencies for veterans’ affairs and housing have created a voucher program to help veterans facing homelessness. The program combines financial assistance with case management, helping veterans with challenges based on physical disability, mental illness or substance abuse. It is run by the U.S. Housing & Urban Development agency (HUD) and the VA. The program is called HUD-VASH. The goal is to provide permanent housing and it applies to both single veterans and veterans with families. To qualify, veterans must be eligible for VA health care, and be homeless or facing eviction. Homeless is taken to mean someone who...Read more

Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans

By / February 16, 2017 / Veterans Disability / No Comments

Grants are available to help certain disabled veterans buy or adapt a home to meet your needs. The program aims to help vets with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to live independently in a barrier-free living environment. To be eligible, veterans first must apply for disability benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once the VA certifies that your disability is service-connected and assigns a severity rating, you can apply for the grants. Keep in mind the grants are designed generally for vets that are 100% service-connected with certain specific disabilities. There are two types of grants available, each...Read more

Disabled American Veterans Are Entitled to Compensation

By / November 13, 2017 / Veterans Disability / 98 Comments

Today, more than four million veterans receive compensation due to a service-connected disability. Disability compensation is intended to replace the lost earnings capacity that veterans have suffered because of their service to our country. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, disability compensation is “a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service.” Monthly benefits are paid out based on the severity of the injury or illness, and the number of a veteran’s dependents. Claims and Benefits Paid Out Continue to Increase More than a...Read more

Understanding Veterans Disability Benefits

By / November 13, 2017 / Veterans Disability / 205 Comments

Veterans’ are entitled to compensation for disability from an injury or disease that occurred (or was aggravated) during active military service. This applies to partial or full disability, on a scale from 10% – 100% disabled, depending on how much the condition interferes with your normal life functions. Type of military service In order to qualify for veterans disability benefits, your injuries or diseases need to have occurred or been aggravated, during active military service, defined as: active duty, OR active duty for training, OR inactive duty training. Eligible veterans need to have been discharged or released “under conditions other...Read more

Do VA Disability Benefits apply only if I’m permanently disabled?

By / November 13, 2017 / Veterans Disability / 20 Comments

Many may think VA disability benefits only apply to someone whose injuries are so severe that they’re confined to a wheelchair or have lost a limb. However, disability compensation is available to any veteran who has a physical or mental illness or injury incurred during, or aggravated by, military service. For each condition that is service-connected, the Veterans Benefits Administration measures the degree to which that condition interferes with your daily life functions. This “disability” is measured on a scale from 0% to 100%. Vets with ratings of 10% or higher are entitled to monthly tax-free compensation. One state estimates...Read more

Increase in VA Disability Claims for PTSD

By / November 13, 2017 / Veterans Disability / 99 Comments

The VA disability claims, and benefits paid out, for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are increasing. By 2016, PTSD was the third most common disability compensated for veterans from all wars, after tinnitus and hearing loss. PTSD a common result of combat Post-traumatic stress disorder is the most common mental health disorder experienced by those in combat. The Disabled American Veterans website put together a good report on this topic. They point out that most all veterans will experience some readjustment issues. It’s important to be aware of what a normal readjustment is, compared to the kind of problems that can...Read more

Veterans Disability Benefits – How do I apply?

By / November 13, 2017 / Veterans Disability / 16 Comments

To receive veterans disability benefits, you need to be officially designated as “disabled” by the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the DVA, you need to be at least 10% disabled “because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training” to be eligible for compensation. You also must have been discharged under circumstances other than dishonorable. Veterans disability benefits are administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), through the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VBA is a separation division from the VHA (Veterans Health Administration). Even...Read more

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