Last week the nation mourned and paid respects to the thousands who were lost on September 11, 2001. Some find it hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since the tragic events of that day. But to the thousands of police, firefighters, emergency response workers, and family, friends and coworkers who were severely injured on that day, every day can be a painful reminder.
Since the beginning of 2016, the Social Security Administration has been working on a social media campaign to improve awareness of the benefits and features of the administration through an active Twitter and Facebook account, as well as a blog and email list available to anyone. Last week they posted a blog about the aid they have provided to those injured on 9/11. Every month, the administration pays out over $8 million dollars in benefits to more than six thousand surviving families and victims disabled in the attacks.
The administration has two programs designed to provide financial relief to those suffering from debilitating injuries — Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI and Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. The Social Security Disability Insurance program provides financial assistance to disabled who have paid at least twenty quarters worth of payroll taxes into the program.
The Supplemental Security Income program is designed for low-income Americans who have not paid into Social Security through payroll taxes, and for children who are blind or disabled. The Social Security Administration requires that the injury, illness, or mental condition be severe enough that a worker cannot maintain gainful employment, and that the disability is expected to last at least a year or end in death. The programs are not designed to fully cover a victim’s medical expenses or rehabilitation, but to provide relief by supplementing lost income due to the victim’s inability to work.
Source: Social Security Administration, “On Patriot Day, We Remember,” By Doug Walker, Accessed on Sept. 13, 2016