Cases & Deals

Veteran receives fully favorable decision awarding Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits

Clients Client K

Our client, a veteran of the Coast Guard, applied for SSI in January 2013 and was denied by the Social Security Administration in March 2013 on the basis that he was not disabled. The veteran came to a veteran's clinic in Spring 2013 seeking legal assistance with his appeal to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Jennifer Saulnier of Jones Day Pittsburgh submitted a pre-hearing memorandum and represented the veteran at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge on August 28, 2014. Ms. Saulnier argued that the veteran suffered from documented anti-social personality disorder, which caused him to overstate his physical health and work abilities and also prevented him from keeping a job. She also argued that the veteran's advanced COPD, diabetes with neuropathic pain and other physical health conditions precluded him from doing any substantial gainful activity. On September 24, 2014, Administrative Law Judge Kozma issued a fully favorable decision granting SSI benefits retroactive to the date of application.