Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

donate-lifeApril is National Donate Life Month

Many of our readers are suffering from a disability that has or will require an organ transplant. Since 2003 April has been declared National Donate Life Month to raise awareness for the thousands of people needing organs to improve or save their lives. April marks a special time for people who have provided organs to others to be recognized in ceremonies across the United States.

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stress2Stress Awareness Month- 22 Years Running

April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month since 1992. Its purpose is to help people learn to cope with stress, reduce stress in their lives and improve their health. The medical profession has known for many years that stress creates a myriad of health complications. Removing stress can allow blood pressure to decrease, heart problems to minimize and also lower risk of stroke and intestinal problems.

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homeownersMaking it Easier to Buy a Home

February 14 of this year Fannie Mae announced an incentive making it easier (and less expensive) for qualified buyers to purchase a home. Recently the mortgage giant extended the program to last until April 30, 2014. Under the program, qualified buyers will receive up to 3.5% of the home’s final sales price to be used towards their closing expenses when they purchase a HomePath First Look property, submitting an offer prior to April 30 and closing before June 30 of this year in one of 26 participating states and Puerto Rico.

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plumberNational Rebuilding Day

April 26th hosts the 25th annual National Rebuilding Day in cities across America. You need to know this for two reasons. First, if you are a low income homeowner who desperately needs some work done around the house, you need to contact a National Rebuilding Day group near you to request being put on the list of homes to be worked on. Second, if you are physically capable, you need to contact a group to be placed on the list of helpers, then lend a hand to help your neighbors in need.

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SSA LogoSocial Security Disability Statistics for February 2014

Number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits who are

Disabled, under age 65-     14,261,000 (includes children receiving SSI)
Receiving SSI only-        4,652,00.

The average monthly benefit amount for a disabled worker was $1,145.91.

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