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Ssi and fed govt medical retirement cancels each other

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limpyL

Member
What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Pa

I am a 100% disabled vet. I was also medically retired from the civil service due to my disabilities that are linked to my military time. Once i was Medically retired from the fed gov. 6 months later i started to receive ssi for the same disabilities i was retired for and that the va is Compensating me. 2-3 years after i was medically retired i got a letter from the federal gov saying they were reducing my medical retirement the amount of my ssi.

My question is can i get it changed?? They say it is double dipping but i paid into ssi as well into my retirement.. If i paid into both why are they reducing my retirement pay the ssi amount.

Thank you in advance
 


commentator

Senior Member
Do you mean SSI (which is a needs based program) or Social Security disability? If you received a needs based payment, now that you're no longer in need, they'll be getting that money back from the back pay for your VA money. What would be wrong with them doing that? You weren't entitled to that money because you paid it in, you were entitled to it because your income was very low and you were not able to get approved for Social Security disability.
 

BL

Senior Member
What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Pa

I am a 100% disabled vet. I was also medically retired from the civil service due to my disabilities that are linked to my military time. Once i was Medically retired from the fed gov. 6 months later i started to receive ssi for the same disabilities i was retired for and that the va is Compensating me. 2-3 years after i was medically retired i got a letter from the federal gov saying they were reducing my medical retirement the amount of my ssi.

My question is can i get it changed?? They say it is double dipping but i paid into ssi as well into my retirement.. If i paid into both why are they reducing my retirement pay the ssi amount.

Thank you in advance
I'm not sure,but you could try going in person taking all your award documents and associated letters to you local VA office and speak to a representative there.

I do beleive though your only allowed a certain amount with either one or both entitlements of monitary amount .
 

OHRoadwarrior

Senior Member
It appears the offset is between FERS and SSDI. Here is an explanation from Cornell Univ. prepared for Congress.

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1501&context=key_workplace
 

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