This program comes up periodically in VBN so I thought I would provide a little bit of concentrated information that might be helpful.
Many of you after or during applying for VA Compensation benefits will apply for Social Security Disability. Once you finally become eligible for SSD, SS offers you the opportunity to rejoin the work force through their "Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/work/default.html)
You do NOT have to participate in this Program.
Don't get me wrong, this could be beneficial to some people, BUT there also could be disastrous results occurring.
This is why I have created this topicβ¦in order to provide, through my research and other members of this forum, information you need to explore in order to make an informed decision.
The main reason for this topic is letting you know you can lose your SSD benefits* if you work beyond certain parameters. According to their site:
"How does work affect my check benefits?
First, you should know that if you go back to work, you will NOT automatically lose your disability benefits. The Ticket to Work and special rules called "work incentives" allow you to keep your cash benefits and Medicare or Medicaid while you test your ability to work. For the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, there is a trial work period during which you can receive full benefits regardless of how much you earn, as long as you report your work activity and continue to have a disabling impairment.
The trial work period continues until you accumulate nine months (not necessarily consecutive) in which you perform what we call "services" within a rolling 60-month period. We consider your work to be "services" if you earn more than $700 a month in 2009. For 2008, this amount was $670. After the trial work period ends, your benefits will stop for the months your earnings are at a level we consider "substantial" -- currently $980 in 2009. For 2008, this amount was $940. Different amounts apply to people who are disabled because of blindness. The monthly SGA amount for statutorily blind individuals for 2008 is $1,640."
The site to read more about your benefits is the following:
In order to decide if this program is for you, take a look at a couple of SS sites. One is the CFR 20, Part 411, dated 2001, and the other is the new regulations upgrades. Both sites can be accessed from this link below:
When you go on the above sites, be sure to also explore the listings to the left of the main contents.
Note: From reading here in VBN, a person on SSD can work for a number of months but if still working after that amount, could be called in for a reexamination and possibly lose their SSD benefits with difficulty in getting them reinstated.
There are members of VBN who are a lot more knowledgeable than I am as to the actual workings and pros and cons of this program. I hope they will volunteer their knowledge here in order to help others.
Hopefully, the above will provide some information until others can provide it.
*Working could also jeopardize your VA Individual Unemployability, if you have it, which is something else to keep in mind.