Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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No Cuts To The Social Security Budget!

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Delays in getting your benefits exist because Social Security’s operating budget has been cut by over 10 percent since 2010 and the Social Security Administration (SSA) has been forced to cut back on your services. Since 2010, SSA has closed more than 60 field offices and 500 mobile offices.

Now, Congress is considering even more cuts.

A funding bill in the House of Representatives would cut Social Security’s operating budget by over $250 million in 2017 where SSA would need to close all its offices for two weeks – all employees would be furloughed (told to not work or be paid). The Senate version of the bill provides slightly more funding but still fails to address many critical agency resource needs. These cuts would lead to longer wait times and delays in all parts of our Social Security retirement, survivors’, and disability system.

More and more Americans are waiting longer for social security disability insurance and supplemental security insurance claims hearings. Social Security should be there for us when we need it. President Obama has requested funding for 2017 that would allow SSA to begin reducing the disability claims backlog and to reduce other agency service delays.

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