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What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social Security Disability Insurance is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides supplemental income to people whose disability prevents them from procuring employment or staying employed. The SSDI can be paid on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on whether the disability is temporary or permanent.

Military families with a family member with special needs or a family member with a military-connected disability may receive temporary or permanent supplemental income through SSDI.

To learn more about SSDI or to apply, visit Benefits for People with Disabilities. Contact your installation Military Family Support Center or a Military OneSource special needs consultant if you have questions or concerns about:

Review the Long-Term and Financial Planning checklist in the EFMP & Me tool for help navigating the network of available services and support, including SSDI. For even more information listen to the Legal and Long-Term Financial Planning Part 1 and Part 2 episodes of the Office of Special Needs EFMP podcast series.

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