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Men Find Careers in Collecting Disability

Melanie45 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 3:39 PM
Amen! My former brother-in-law now receives $1100 a month (plus he got lots in backpay) for a non-work-related knee injury he received while on active duty 20 years ago. After being out of the service for over 15 years and serving as a police officer and avid triathalon participant, he went to work for the federal government at a Marine Corps base. Other vets encouraged him to get checked out for disability, which he did. He is currently also on "worker's comp" for a hip surgery necessitated from carrying his gun on his hip all these years. He hasn't worked his federal job since July, but has been managing a bike shop on the side. I guess it's easier to follow your dreams, while you are drawing full salary at the taxpayer expense.
Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators.

The idea has been to enable people with disabilities to live and work with the same ease as others, as they make their way forward in life. I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this.

But there is another federal program for people with disabilities that has had an unhappier effect. This is the disability insurance (DI) program, which...