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Veterans’ Eligibility for Disability Benefits

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Disabled veterans make up a significant portion of those receiving benefits from one of Social Security’s programs. Currently, 9.4 million military veterans receive Social Security benefits, meaning that about 25 percent of all beneficiaries are veterans. With veterans from the Vietnam War entering retirement, the government expects veterans to remain a large portion of Social Security beneficiaries. Veterans and current military personnel can speak with a Tulsa Social Security disability lawyer to learn about how the disability process applies to them.

3.6 million World War II veterans and 2.8 Korean War veterans currently receive Social Security benefits, mostly coming from the retirement fund. For younger veterans, if they receive benefits, most of them receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Disabled military personnel should consider applying for SSDI benefits as soon as they can following their injury. A Tulsa Social Security disability attorney can assist them in determining the options they have. Even if a veteran remains on active duty or is able to work in a limited fashion, he or she can still be eligible to begin receiving SSDI benefits. Additionally, veterans qualify for an expedited SSDI process, which, for non-veterans, can take up to several years until they begin receiving disability financial support.

Rep. Michele Bachmann Criticized Over Proposed Veterans Benefits Cuts

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Rep. Michelle Bachmann came under fire for her proposal to save the budget. The Minnesota Republican congresswoman outlined a $400 billion worth of possible spending cuts. The plan contains drastic measures such as abolishing the Department of Education, overhauling farm subsidies and eliminating a host of grants and programs.

Bachmann came under fire for her proposal to include a $4.5 billion cut targeting America’s veterans. The proposed capping increases for health care spending at the Department of VA and cutting veterans’ disability payments to account for Social Security disability payments.

Bachmann’s spokesperson told Fox News that Bachmann is not advocating for abolishment of veterans’ benefits. Bachmann’s spokesperson described the list as suggestions to open things up for discussion on how to reduce our nation’s mounting debt.

Other lawmakers called Bachmann’s proposal totally out of step with America’s commitments to its veterans. Some lawmakers fiercely oppose the idea as America is supposed to care for its wounded and disabled service members and women when they return home.

Disabled American Veterans called Bachmann’s idea ill advised, heatless and wrong-headed.

Bachmann’s proposal would result in a reduction of up to $2,224 a month in disability payments for a veteran who also receives Social Security Disability Income or SSDI. It would also freeze health care funding at current levels.

Veterans for Common Sense executive director said 10,000 new veterans a month are seeking treatment. Number of veterans seeking health care is rising, with many of them returning from the battlefield.

Westfield Couple Receives Probation Over Social Security Benefits Case

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Allene Spearbeck and her husband, Harold Spearbeck, of Westfield, New York, received convictions of theft of government property for ill-gotten Social Security benefits. According to court documents, the couple will receive five years’ probation and make restitution of $120,000.

The Westfield couple received $119,990 in Social Security disability benefits and veteran’s benefits. The complaint alleges the couple was not entitled to such benefits.

Between November 2004 and March 2009, Harold Spearbeck worked as a truck driver for DTL Inc. Spearbeck collected disability benefits from Social Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs despite having full employment.

Allene Spearbeck worked in the office for DTL. In order to avoid a reduction in Harold Spearbeck’s disability benefit payments, according to the complaint, the couple used Allene’s social security number for tax purposes. This action allowed Spearbeck to receive $119,990 in benefits to which he was no entitled.

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI,) Supplemental Security Income (SSI,) and Veterans Benefits

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Inability to work can cause serious financial issues. Fortunately, the government offers several different programs to help those in need who cannot work due to various reasons.

Social Security Disability Income or SSDI

SSDI pays out monthly benefits to people who cannot work due to a medical condition that has prohibited them from working for a minimum of one year.

In order to quality, the medical condition must have significant effect on an individual’s ability to perform work-related tasks. SSDI also requires a certain number of years in the work force—which varies based on age—prior to qualifying.

Once approved, benefit amounts will vary from person to person depending on lifetime earnings.

Supplemental Security Income or SSI

SSI differs from SSDI, as the individual does not need a specific work history to qualify. This program provides monetary aid to people who are disabled, such as blind or deaf, or are over the age of 65. In some cases, some individuals may be able to collect both SSDI and SSI.

Veteran Benefits

Veteran benefits differ from both SSDI and SSI, as this form of financial aid is only available to those who are veterans. Applications for veteran benefits must be sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs, or DVA.

For the DVA, a veteran can qualify for monetary assistant if he or she is a minimum of 10% disabled or if the cause of disability is related to their military service.