Special Programs Help Veterans, Blind Americans Get Benefits

To help certain groups of Americans, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) provides several special programs that provide disability benefits applicants with a fast-tracked application process or with other special benefits. If you believe you may qualify for one of these programs, an attorney at a Tulsa Social Security disability law firm can provide additional details and guidance.

Blind and Low Vision Disability Benefits Applicants

The SSA considers a person blind if his or her vision cannot be corrected to better than 20/200 in the person’s better eye, or if a person’s field of vision is 20 degrees or less. For these applicants, the SSA sets a higher monthly limit for how much they can earn while receiving disability benefits. Non-blind beneficiaries may not make more than $1,010 a month while receiving disability benefits. Blind beneficiaries are able to earn up to $1,690 a month.

Disability Benefits for Injured Servicemembers

The SSA provides an expedited application process for members of our armed forces who became disabled while on active duty after October 1, 2001. The definition of disabled is the same one that the SSA uses for all disability applicants, meaning that the servicemember should be unable to perform any work of any type for at least a year. Servicemembers should make sure that their application reflects that they suffered their injury while on active military duty so that the SSA expedites the application.

Disability Benefits for Children

Often, a disabled child can receive disability benefits via his or her parent’s work history. Ordinarily, Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits are only available if an applicant has paid into the program through a certain number of work years. A disabled child or a disabled adult who has had a lifelong disability may qualify for SSDI benefits using a parent’s work history if they meet the SSA’s definition of disabled. In this way, an adult who has suffered from cerebral palsy his or her entire life, for example, can receive disability benefits despite not having a work history.

Have you or a loved one used any of Social Security’s special programs to qualify for benefits? How would you describe the process?

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys

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