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Number of People Approved for SSDI Has Declined Over the Last Three Years

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has released statistics about the number of people who were approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in 2012, indicating the numbers have decreased over the last three years. According to the SSA, the number of new SSDI recipients in 2012 was 960,206. This number is a decrease from 2011 when 998,979 people received benefits, and down significantly from 2010 when 1,026,988 people received benefits. These numbers include workers who received benefits and do not include spouses or children. These numbers are somewhat amazing when you consider the number of news outlets that have promoted the idea that the number of people receiving SSDI is “out of control.” Of the 960,206 people who were approved for benefits, the majority were over the age of 45, with 248,128 being between the ages of 55 and 59. According to the SSA, the average monthly benefit amount in…
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Man Overcomes Troubled Youth, Lives Modestly Off SSDI and is Looking for More

The Austin American-Statesman had a story last month about a young man who attempted to commit suicide when he was 14-years-old, after struggling through foster care. According to the American-Statesman, Kenneth Daniels, now 20, lives off Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because of a failed suicide attempt. Daniels, who suffered from severe depression after growing up in a broken home and living in foster care, attempted to kill himself after several moves across the state of Texas. Daniels, whose mother abandoned him when he was 2-years-old and father was in-and-out of prison, bounced around from foster care to his paternal grandparents home. After one of his grandparents died and he was sent away to a boarding school, he attempted to run away several times and shot himself. “I’d planned it out for about two weeks,” Daniels said, according to the American-Statesman. “I felt like there was no way out of…
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Fox Host Calls Male SSDI Recipients “Eunuchs”

Last month, a Fox Business Channel host told a group of conservative people that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was turning men into “modern-day eunuchs.” According to the website rawstory.com, Charles Payne told attendees at David Horowitz’s ‘Restoration Weekend 2013’ that men in the country had been “castrated at the soul” by “gaming the system”, when discussing SSDI. “[Men have] been cut off from the traditional role of young men as risk takers, family creators and future leaders,” Payne said, according to rawstory.com. “Big strong men around this country, they sit on porches and stoops, they stand on street corners all day long collecting taxpayer benefits.” Payne also reportedly described SSDI benefits as “lavish and generous”, describing it as an economic issue. “So now, these modern-day eunuchs are being paid billions — billions of dollars not to work,” Payne said, according to rawstory.com. “They’re proud of it!” Find a Tulsa…
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Veteran Owes Government Nearly $500 From Accidental Social Security Payments Made in 1972

The Contra Costa Times had an interesting story last week about a Vietnam War veteran who received a letter from the Defense Department indicating that he owes nearly $500 to the government because the Social Security Administration (SSA) mistakenly sent him disability payments in 1972. Veteran Thomas Testerman, of Hayward, Calif. received a warning letter from the government two days before Veterans Day, earlier this month. In the letter, the Defense Department indicated that if he does not pay or dispute the bill, he could face deductions from his military retirement checks. “The disabled vets from my era have been putting up with this crap for decades now,” Testerman told the Contra Costa Times. “It’s not right what they’re doing to these guys.” Testerman, 61, said that he nearly died during wartime and sustained “severe injuries to his bladder, pelvis and scalp, and fractures to a hip, knee, femur bone…
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Military Service Members Can Receive Expedited Disability Claim Processing

Last month, people from across the country honored military service members on Veterans Day. As a reminder to our men and women who served in the armed forces, members and veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims from the Social Security Administration (SSA). For more information, veterans and service members can visit the SSA’s Wounded Warrior website. You can also visit our page about disability benefits for veterans. The expedited process is for service members who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. It should be noted that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are not the same as benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans and SSDI As we have blogged about previously, SSDI is available for veterans who have worked and paid Social Security taxes in positions including military and nonmilitary jobs….
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