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GoNavy Posted - Jan 03 2017 : 11:11:46 AM
I am 60 yrs old with copd emphysema fev1 of 23% fortunately I only need oxygen for exertion and exercise (pulse at 3 lpm). Using Spiriva (daily) and Proventil (as needed, which I do several times a day). My question is there really any point to applying for ssn disability, considering in two years I'll get regular ssn at 62 automatically. I have heard it takes several years to get disability you have to jump through hoops get turned down several times etc...I am doing ok money wise, don't really need to work (retired military) get my medical from VA free. So would it be worth the effort to go after ssn disability, not sure I want to put myself through all that... but every one keeps telling me, it's your money go get it, you paid for it...what is the general consensus...thanks
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Mark-OK Posted - Feb 01 2017 : 2:47:20 PM
Hi GoNavy. I am also 60 with a fev1 of 23%. I applied for SSDI in Sept of 2016. It took them 7 weeks to approve my case, plus 1 wk to receive notice of acceptance in the mail. If you have a Pulmo be sure to tell him that you want to apply for SSDI. He will do his paperwork and expect notification from an SSDI investigator. The Pulmo will be sure that the tests that they require are performed. It's all in the numbers you blow. Check out the link Dave gave you. It's not a matter of someones opinion. Being 60 you are pretty much a shoe in. If you blow at or below a certain number in a Spirometry test it's automatic approval. I filled out all of my paperwork on line. No Lawyer. It took time and a lot of information, but it pays to give them as much information as you can to work with. Good Luck.

Dave-OH Posted - Jan 04 2017 : 8:02:17 PM
Look at the SSDI Blue Book, you will see it might be in your favor.
GoNavy Posted - Jan 04 2017 : 7:19:17 PM
Well I applied, didn't know I could do it online. Of course not sure if they will accept the VA's testing, but I applied never the less. Will keep you'll up to date on my progress. Did some research and David is right, SSDI is about $400 bucks more then SSR and if I get it will start a couple years before SSR. Still don't think I'll get it, because my testing from the VA was done in 2014 pretty sure they are going to want a more upto date test, and frankly I think I doing better then I was in 2014, because of the meds and the fact that I have been exercising since then, I know I feel better and can do more, doesn't seem fair that I get evaluated on what I can do now...of course still can't work without o2 but we will see. The crazy thing about this is..if I get it, between SSDI and my military retirement I'll make more then I did when I was figure, probably means I won't get it...
Dave-OH Posted - Jan 03 2017 : 11:46:50 PM
Sure, it is worth the extra money. You do not get it automatically, you have to apply at the age, and SSDI is higher than early SSR.

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