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August 30, 2008 | Cynthia Dizikes, Times Staff Writer
When the Army honorably discharged Jason Hubbard of Clovis, Calif., last year after his two younger brothers died in the Iraq war, he lost his health insurance and other veterans benefits because he left before the end of his contract. Now, the 65-year-old statutory loophole that allowed that to happen is closed. President Bush on Friday signed into law the Hubbard Act, which secures the benefits of "sole survivor" veterans who are honorably discharged after the death of a parent or sibling also serving in the military.
May 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
President Bush's preferred approach for Social Security would mean smaller survivor benefits for middle- and upper-income children and widows than they are now promised, a top administration official said Wednesday. At the same time, Bush envisions no changes in the benefit system for the disabled, said Allan Hubbard, chairman of the National Economic Council and the administration's point man on Social Security.
November 30, 2002
A better headline for "Shifting Gears to Become a Teacher" (Nov. 22) would be "Shifting Gears to Lose Your Social Security Benefits." People thinking about making a midcareer change to teaching should be aware that current Social Security laws will take away much of their earned Social Security benefits when they retire from their second career of teaching. Retired California teachers also lose their Social Security survivor benefits. Private-sector workers collect both their private pensions and Social Security in full.
Among the many cruel ironies buried in the stories of those killed, injured or missing in Tuesday's attacks, there is this twist: At least four of those killed when American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon were attending a meeting to discuss ways to improve the system for getting survivor benefits to family members of military personnel. Gerald P. Fisher, Terence M. Lynch and Ernest M.
June 21, 1998 | MIKE DOWNEY
A fellow followed Suzie Sunflower a week ago Friday, as she was leaving a county office building. She looked distressed, so he asked, "Has somebody been giving you a bad time?" Somebody had. Even though they were strangers, they went out for lunch, where she told him the whole story. She told him about her husband of 27 years, Harry Montgomery Coles, and about some of the important contributions Harry had made to the county of Los Angeles.
April 28, 1996 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI
Q. I support my parents. If I should die first, would they be entitled to receive survivors' benefits based on my Social Security earnings? They receive very small Social Security benefits right now based on their own meager earnings. --I.L.Q. * A. The Social Security Administration does allow parents to receive Social Security benefits on the accounts of their children if certain and very specific requirements are met.
March 12, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 4 1/2-year-old girl conceived through artificial insemination after her father's death was awarded Social Security survivor benefits. Commissioner Shirley Sears Chater agreed to $700 a month for Judith Hart, averting a federal court battle against the little girl's mother, Nancy Hart of the New Orleans suburb of Slidell.
Supporting Gov. Pete Wilson, the Assembly on Tuesday upheld his veto of a bill that would have allowed surviving spouses of most local public employees, including police officers killed in the line of duty, to keep collecting death benefits if they remarry. Despite emotional testimony and the presence of more than half a dozen widows of slain peace officers, an evenly divided Assembly voted 38 to 38 to override Wilson's veto of the so-called Fairness for Families bill.
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