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Old 04-02-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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Hell, my husband gets a disability check. Short and to the point....If and when he passes will I get a reduction in his disability check ? I'm just thinking and planning for the future. He has some medical problems and it just got me to thinking. I am not being selfish I just wanted some input if any of you have been in this position. Thanks
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Southport
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The United States Department of Agriculture gives your husband disability benefits?
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:29 AM
 
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Perhaps she is talking about USDA pension.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:35 AM
 
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Hell, my husband gets a disability check. Short and to the point....If and when he passes will I get a reduction in his disability check ? I'm just thinking and planning for the future. He has some medical problems and it just got me to thinking. I am not being selfish I just wanted some input if any of you have been in this position. Thanks
You might need to clarify ..?

If its a pension, whether or not there are spousal benefits would depend on the pension and possibly what was elected when it was taken.

If its truly disability, then I believe benefits would end with the disabled person's death, unless it was support for minor children - which might continue (Or would be handled under regular SS?).
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Is this a VA disability (US Dept Army)? If so, the VA has specific guidlines. If he is 100% disabled in some cases you will get a stipend after he passes.
100% Disabled Vet: Surviving Spouse Benefits

If he is a vet there is also a benefit, but I doubt it is significant as a monthly income source.
Survivor benifiet: Survivors Pension - Pension

If it is a federal disability from a job (GS employee in Dept of Ag), or a Social Security Disability Income, then the agency providing the income should have published guidlines on what they will and won't pay on the death of the spouse.

SSDI info:
Social Security Survivors Benefits After Death of a Disabled Worker | Disability Secrets

The SS web site has a lot of info, but I couldn't find the specific of SSDI and spousal benifiets. I know SSDI turns to SS on full retirement age, and their are rules about spouse benifits, and survivors benifiets starting at 60, but am not sure how SSDI effects those benifits (if at all). The SS web site: The United States Social Security Administration
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Old 04-03-2015, 02:03 AM
 
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Well, yes, he worked there for years before he became disabled ????? He was a Senior Investigator for Veternarian Services. UDSA-APHIS-VS........
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Old 04-03-2015, 02:12 AM
 
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Unhappy USDA Spousal Benefits

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Is this a VA disability (US Dept Army)? If so, the VA has specific guidlines. If he is 100% disabled in some cases you will get a stipend after he passes.
100% Disabled Vet: Surviving Spouse Benefits

If he is a vet there is also a benefit, but I doubt it is significant as a monthly income source.
Survivor benifiet: Survivors Pension - Pension

If it is a federal disability from a job (GS employee in Dept of Ag), or a Social Security Disability Income, then the agency providing the income should have published guidlines on what they will and won't pay on the death of the spouse.

SSDI info:
Social Security Survivors Benefits After Death of a Disabled Worker | Disability Secrets

The SS web site has a lot of info, but I couldn't find the specific of SSDI and spousal benifiets. I know SSDI turns to SS on full retirement age, and their are rules about spouse benifits, and survivors benifiets starting at 60, but am not sure how SSDI effects those benifits (if at all). The SS web site: The United States Social Security Administration

Thank you so much for this website. It answers most of my questions. Not being morbid,just planning. I'm 64 and DH is 67 with heart and kidney disease.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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It sounds like he was a federal employee - non-military. Federal agencies should all have the same rules on disability retirement survivor benefits. Here's another website you might look at.

Types of Retirement

There is a disability website for CSRS retirees (feds hired before 1984) and another for FERS retirees (those hired in 1984 or later). I posted the one for CSRS. Both websites say basically the same thing about disability retiree survivor benefits. If the retiree took the full disability retirement, there are no survivor benefits. If the retiree took the reduced retirement, there are survivor benefits (there were a couple of options - either survivor benefits of 25% or 50%). The spouse has to sign a form agreeing to this if full retirement is taken i.e., no survivor benefits. I did not read all the information and it could be more complicated than this. Perhaps social security could help answer questions too since they are federal employees.

Also there was a lengthy posting here about a year ago where a surviving spouse did not remember signing the form and was advised how to look into this.
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