Before Applying for SSD - Eligibility

Are There Special Disability Programs for Wounded Warriors?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has disability programs for people who are medically disabled and are unable to work. You should know that if you’re a veteran who’s a wounded warrior, the SSA makes allowances for you to receive Social Security disability and VA disability simultaneously. In fact, the SSA will expedite claims for military service members who have become disabled while actively serving on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where your disability has occurred.

How should I apply for benefits at age 50+?

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans reports having a disability of some kind. Of these Americans, the majority are over 50 years old. As bodies age, some severe disorders become more common, while other less-dangerous disorders grow into larger problems.

These issues can make it difficult or even impossible to find work. If you're in this position, you may be worrying about you'll make ends meet. It can be a terrifying position to be in, but there is hope for you.

What does “ambulate effectively” mean in the Blue Book?

Applying for disability benefits can be tricky, especially when figuring out if you may qualify for benefits. The Social Security Blue Book is a great resource to refer to here, but even the Blue Book uses language that may be difficult to understand.

If your disorder requires an inability to “ambulate effectively,” continue below to learn what this term means and how you can provide evidence of this on your disability application.

Should I retire early or apply for Social Security disability?

If you are having health problems that have made working impossible and you are nearing the age of 62, you may think deciding to retire early may be the best option.

However, you need to look at the overall picture and determine whether early retirement or applying for Social Security disability would be the best option in your given situation. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has very specific guideline regarding retirement benefits and disability benefits.

Can an attorney help me at stages other than a hearing?

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, you may be pondering the idea of getting an attorney or advocate to help you with your claim. You may wonder if the only time an attorney is beneficial is at the hearing before the administrative law judge, so you may be tempted to put off getting an attorney until you reach that point.

However, an attorney or advocate can be very helpful throughout the entire claims process. You can benefit significantly by consulting with an advocate or attorney early on, even before filing your claim.

What Forms of Income Could Affect My Claim?

The effect that additional income has on benefit eligibility, payment amounts, or other factors is determined by the kind of disability benefits for which you’re applying. Although there’s a financial review required during the disability claims process, only some income matters, and even then, only under certain circumstances.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

SSI is a need-based program, which means financial circumstances play a major role in not only eligibility but also the amount of your monthly benefit payments.