July 8, 2009

Disability Benefits Restored

Last January the Cartwright family (name changed to protect privacy) ran into trouble with their local Oklahoma Social Security office. Their homeschooled daughter, a high school senior who just turned 18, received notice from the Social Security Administration that her benefits were being cut off because she was “not a full-time student.” She was eligible for these benefits because her father is a disabled veteran. The Cartwright family turned to HSLDA to assist in reversing this decision that discriminated against homeschooling, and we were able to appeal the denial. Recently the family was notified that they would be receiving a check for the missed payments between February and their daughter’s graduation date—for the amount of $5,628.

Because of our years of involvement with the homeschooling movement, HSLDA is able to assist our members in a broad array of homeschooling related issues, Social Security benefits being merely one example. Each year we handle dozens of these cases for homeschooling families at no cost to them. Normally, attorneys who handle Social Security appeals are eligible to collect up to 25% of the recovery in attorney fees. This is just one example of the small—but significant—ways HSLDA assists our member families.