Q) I have recently signed up for unemployment. While signing up I was asked if I had a disability. The appropriate question was not offered for me to answer concerning this. A few years ago I was on disability for my back. Tennessee took several people off disability and I was one of them. I have been working as a security guard for 7 yrs and was laid off. This is the only kind of work that I am able to do and I am worried that if a job is offered to me and I am unable to do it, my unemployment will be cut off.I want to work, but this is the only type of work that I am able to do. Also I am a veteran, but when signing up on line,the question “Are you a veteran” was not offered,so I had to click that I was not a veteran. I didn’t know what else to do. I go to the VA hospital for my medical care and my doctor has said that I am disabled. I even have a disabled tag on my vehicle. Please respond as soon as possible because I am very concerned. Thank you.
A) If you have a disability and are unable to work, you may be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), which is different from unemployment benefits. However, if you are able and available to work and actively seeking employment, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits even with a disability.
When you file your weekly or biweekly certification for unemployment benefits, you will be asked if you are able and available to work, and if you have any physical or mental conditions that would limit your ability to work. If you indicate that you have a condition that would limit your ability to work, you may be required to provide additional documentation or medical evidence to support your claim.
In terms of your veteran status, you should contact your state unemployment office to update your status and provide any necessary documentation. It is important to accurately report your veteran status as it may impact your eligibility for certain benefits and services.
If you have any concerns about your eligibility for unemployment benefits, you should contact your state unemployment office for guidance and assistance. They will be able to provide more specific information and answer any questions you may have.
Recommend that you visit your nearest unemployment office and speak with a counselor regarding your situation. The options that you seek on line perhaps are not being found because of the uniqueness of your situation. Remember to bring with you your disability diagnosis from the VA hospital.