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• On April 8, 563 B.C., Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is thought to have been born in what is now Nepal. Buddhist tradition had placed his birth in the 11th century B.C., until modern scholars determined he was likely born in the 6th century.
• On April 3, 1776, lacking sufficient funds to build a strong navy, the Continental Congress gives privateers permission to attack all British ships. Any goods captured by the privateer were divided between the ship’s owner and the government.
• On April 6, 1830, Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion, organizes the Church of Christ. Smith claimed in 1823 that he had been visited by an angel named Moroni who spoke to him of an ancient Hebrew text. Smith translated this text, and in 1830 The Book of Mormon was published.
• On April 7, 1945, the Japanese battleship Yamato, purportedly the greatest battleship in the world, is sunk in Japan’s first major counteroffensive in the struggle for Okinawa. It sank after being struck by 19 American aerial torpedoes, drowning 2,498 of its crew.
• On April 5, 1969, some 100,000 antiwar demonstrators march in New York City to demand that the United States withdraw from Vietnam. The weekend of protests ended with demonstrations and parades in other cities.
• On April 2, 1979, the world’s first anthrax epidemic begins in Ekaterinburg, Russia (now Sverdlosk), killing 62 people. The Soviet government blamed tainted meat, but in 1992 the real cause was found: Workers at the weapons plant had failed to replace a crucial filter.
• On April 4, 1982, hockey sensation Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers finishes the NHL season with 212 points, the only player in NHL history to break the 200-point barrier. He went on to repeat the feat three more times.
• On April 1, 1984, Motown singer Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father as a result of a longstanding feud. The father, a preacher, was a hard-drinking cross-dresser who envied his son’s success, and Marvin Jr. clearly harbored unresolved feelings toward his abusive father.
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Helpful Facts About Social Security Disability Benefits
When the unexpected happens and you can no longer work due to a serious medical condition, Social Security is there with a lifeline to help you and your family.
Most American workers contribute to Social Security through federal payroll taxes and benefit through monthly retirement payments later in life. For others whose working years are cut short by severe and lasting illness or injury, Social Security provides financial assistance to help them through the critical times.
Here are six facts you should know about Social Security’s disability program:
Social Security disability insurance is coverage that workers earn. The program provides a safety net to disabled workers who’ve paid enough Social Security taxes on their earnings. Social Security disability benefits replace some of their income if their medical condition leaves them unable to work.
The Social Security Act defines disability very strictly. A person is considered disabled under the Social Security Act if they can’t work due to a serious medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or result in death. Social Security does not offer temporary or partial disability benefits.
Disability can happen to anyone at any age. Serious medical conditions, such as cancer and mental illness, affect the young and elderly alike. One in four 20-year-olds will become disabled before retirement age and may need Social Security disability benefits’ critical support.
Social Security disability payments help disabled workers to meet their basic needs. The average monthly Social Security disability benefit is $1,197, as of January 2018. This amount helps disabled workers to meet their basic needs when they need that help the most.
Social Security works aggressively to prevent, detect, and help prosecute fraud. Social Security is committed to protecting your investment. Along with the Office of Inspector General, Social Security takes a zero tolerance approach to fraud. The result is a fraud incidence rate of a fraction of one percent.
Social Security helps people return to work without losing benefits. Often, people would like to re-enter the workforce, but worry they’ll lose disability benefits. We connect them to free employment support services and help them maintain benefits such as health care. Learn about our Ticket to Work program at http://choosework.ssa.gov.
We’re with you through life’s journey, offering disability benefits to ten million people.
Learn more about our disability insurance program at www.socialsecurity.gov/disability.