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Social Security anymore is a sham. If you expect to gain widow's benefits and get a fair shake from Social Security, believe me, you "won't." My companion who is also related to me and receives SSI because she is disabled, had been separated from her husband years ago. He died last year. So I applied for her widow's benefits. For SEVEN MONTHS she heard nothing from Social Security. So I reported this to the supervisors. They explained that it was taking so long because my companion was going to get substantial back pay and her husband having been a veteran, she was also going to get a hefty monthly check. Two months later she gets $180. A week later she receives a letter telling her "this" is her "back pay." She also got less than $500 a month widow's benefits. Two weeks later, we are both told that MY SSI was to be cut by $221 and my companion's SSI was also going to be cut by $221. Social Security adds $20 to this and tells us that this "is" my companion's WIDOW'S BENEFITS. Not being her husband, this was real "nice" they ways they used MY SSI to support her claim for benefits. If I was able to work I would tell Social Security where they can shove their $280 I now get in SSI. Since I have been disabled, I have NEVER gotten a full disability check from them, but it's nice how they reward all my efforts to care for a mentally disabled person who can not care for herself. It is the reasons I have turned to writing, so I "can" tell them where to put the crumbs they give me using "my" SSI and hers to call it this widow's benefits. The extra $20 they send a month is a BIG JOKE. What is an even bigger joke is how neither of us drinks or takes drugs, nor are we criminals but yet I watch these kind at the post office picking up "their full benefits" each and every month to "throw away" on their addictions. Rant, raving "mad?" Doesn't even begin to phase how I feel about Social Security.
by Ralph Deeds5 years ago
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/opini … ef=opinionSocial Security, Present and FutureBy THE EDITORIAL BOARDPublished: March 30, 2013 6 Comments"In the fight over the federal budget deficit, Social Security...
by deb douglas2 years ago
My husband is a disabled vet and I could not believe the notice he got in the mail this last month. Social Security informed him that the cost of living has actually remained the same or even maybe went down,...
by OLYHOOCH6 years ago
Have you noticed, your Social Security check is now referred to as a "federal benefit payment"? I'll be part of the one percent, to forward this, our government gets away with way too much in all areas of our...
by OLYHOOCH7 years ago
by, Orlin E. OLY Olson Macch 10, 2011 Why does the Government keep pulling us into there mess. We are having enough trouble...
by Charlu5 years ago
Does SS Disability and Medicare need to be reformed or the people and to many agencies governing it?Recently having seen the brutal fight one has to go through to get SS or SSD, Medicaid or Medicare I was in...
by N. Ramius8 years ago
I wouldn't pay in and wouldn't collect in retirement. I wish they'd let me do that.
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