A new initiative in Waynesboro may provide additional shelter options for disabled residents in the Pennsylvania town. The additional rooms will be available to people who receive Social Security Disability payments, and they will be located in the New Hope Shelter on South Potomac.
Parents of college-bound kids have a variety of helpful savings tools at their disposal, including 529 plans that provide distinct tax advantages. Those accounts are specially designed to allow parents to provide university education to their children. Until now, though, parents of disabled children have been left out of such programs, despite a clear need for a different savings system for medical costs.
As Pennsylvania residents know, Social Security disability paperwork is often grueling, complicated and inconvenient. This isn't just a problem for individuals who may be unable to work because of an injury or illness. Our nation's war heroes are also suffering because of the labyrinthine process required to obtain disability money after returning from combat. A new system should ease the process for these Wounded Warriors, allowing them to receive Social Security disability payments faster and with less hassle.
Social Security disability benefits often require immense amounts of paperwork for qualification, and disabled individuals can wait weeks, if not months, before they start seeing their money arrive. Some applicants are even initially denied benefits and have to go through an appeals process.