While we usually focus on Social Security disability benefits on this blog, we know our readers are concerned as well about Social Security retirement benefits. A recent article in USA took a quick look at some of the important things potential retirees should know about the program, given that there is so much negative commentary on the program in political discussions.
Disability benefits, whether through the Social Security Administration or through the Veterans Administration, are harder and harder to come by these days, it seems. For veterans, in particular, disability benefits are not available when they are needed. According to one reporter from the Center for Investigative Reporting, 900,000 veterans are waiting for benefits and that number will soon exceed one million.
As our readers may already know, Governor Rick Snyder has declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Snyder and Michigan officials have been encouraging residents to get to know and help out fellow residents that live with developmental disabilities.
The death of a spouse is a very difficult event for most people, particularly on an emotional level. It can also bring on financial challenges, for some, due to reduced income, whether from an employer, benefits or other sources.
A new rule issued last week by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management will make it a little bit easier for people with disabilities to apply for jobs with the federal government. Prior to the rule's passage, those with physical, psychiatric or intellectual disabilities were required to certify that they were ready to work when applying for a federal job.