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Can a Veteran be Approved for both Social Security Disability and Veterans (VA) Disability Benefits?

Yes. Veterans can be approved for both Social Security disability benefits and VA disability benefits.  However, you must file for each benefit program and qualify under each program’s different rules. What is required to meet SSA’s disability insured status? You must have disability insured status before you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits or SSDI. Generally, you have to…

Can I get both unemployment and Social Security disability benefits?

Yes, it is possible for you to receive both unemployment benefits and Social Security disability benefits (SSDI). Unemployment and SSDI benefits provide financial support to those who are not working, but the rules for these programs differ greatly.  There is a contradiction in applying for and receiving both unemployment benefits and SSDI benefits.  When you apply for unemployment benefits, you…

What Are Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) and do I qualify?

Childhood disability benefits (CDB) are benefits available to a qualified disabled “adult child” whose disability began before they became 22 years old.  CDB benefits are considered a “child” benefit because they are based on the Social Security Disability Insurance (DIB) record of a parent.  The parent must have earned sufficient credits to qualify the child for DIB benefits.  A parent’s…

Does my child qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Part 2

A child can get monthly SSI payments if he or she has impairment(s) that meets Social Security’s definition of “disabled” for children, and meets age and financial requirements. Impairment(s) must cause “marked and severe functional limitations” in order to be found disabling.  We began our discussion about child SSI in part 1 which is available at https://cardeadisabilityllc.com/articles. Today, we unpack…

Does my child qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Part 1

A child can get monthly SSI payments if he or she has impairment(s) that meets Social Security’s definition of “disabled” for children, and meets age and financial requirements. A disabled child who is receiving SSI payments can also get, depending on the State, supplemental payments from the state, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and other social services. These…

Can I Work While I Am Receiving Disability Benefits?

Yes, you can do a limited amount of work and still get disability benefits.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) encourages work activity and there are special program rules and work incentives that help you try to return to work while still receiving monthly disability payments.   If you try to work but have to stop working because of your disability,…

Do I need to be fully insured to get Social Security benefits?

Yes, as a general rule you must be fully insured under the Social Security program before most benefits can be paid.  That means you must have worked both long enough and recently enough to qualify for disability benefits.  In most cases, you must be fully insured and have earned at least 20 credits during the last 10 years. Exceptions apply…