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Currently I am receiving SSD and have been since Feb2008

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Hi Carol!

I was injured while serving in Iraq and was awarded SSD payments of 1,200.00 a month and the Medicre part B so the payment is now 1,100.00 a month. I filled out an application with Texas for UNEMPLOYMENT and they said that my weekly benefit amount is 392.00 per week. The VA has awarded me 100% rating.

before I ask for a payment from Unemployment I want to know how this will effect my SSD payment. I am barely making the bills and I am the bread winner now due to my wife being laid off recently but she falls in the cracks of the system and does not qualify for UnEMPLOYMENT. I do not want to loose my SSD if UNEMPLOYMENT will hurt me.


Support Replied ~ 10-14-2009 13:26:56

Dear Sergio:
SSA doesn't count unemployment but I think unemployment needs to know about your disability. I think when you get unemployment you state that you are available to work. If you cannot work because of your disability, then you would be lying on your umemployment application......Carol
Your Comment ~ 10-14-2009 17:54:46

I applied over the phone and I was never asked that question about SSD. However as of yesterday I qualified and all I have to do is submit a request for payment on line and as I was doing so I came across that question on line, so I stopped and closed the online request form. I do not want to move forward if I am am going to loose part of my SSD. The VA office in TX told me to apply for unemployment so I did but when I got to the request form payment online yesterday I was asked do I recieve dissability pension or workmans comp, now of course I would check yes and continue, however my question is not should I lie or not because I wouldn't nor would I commit fraud. The question is if I move forward and collect my first paymnet will that effect my DSS payment because if it would then I need to NOT collect.


Support Replied ~ 10-15-2009 18:10:17

Dear Sergio:
Technically, you should be able to collect unemployment and SS. The reason is that
SS allows you to work and earn up to $980.00 a month with no penalties. If you can work then you should be able to collect unemployment from a job that you were let go from. However, explaining this to the state unemployment office might be differcult. See what you can do....Can't hurt to ask them.....Carol

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