Rhea, on 21 June 2014 - 11:20 AM, said:
Nonny, on 18 June 2014 - 11:57 AM, said:
Absolutely. For speaking out and standing up for myself and other women in the mid 70s to early 80s, I have ended up mentally disabled, physically disabled, and six units short for Social Security retirement. My comp&pen nontaxable income is being attacked my my state's tax board, and I can't even devote all my time to writing anymore, as fighting back is sucking the life out of my time.
Have you applied for Social Security Disability? Surely you would qualify based on physical disability alone. That income could start before you turn 65 and would be the same amount as you would get from regular Social Security.
(Sorry for getting off track, but this is important.)
I was cheated out of SSD in the early 80s, didn't find out until about four years ago. I have tried but haven't been able to confirm any of the information, but SSD application is based on timeliness, so once your time runs out, so does your eligibility, and mine ran out decades ago.
If I had received SSD three decades ago, I would be receiving both SSD and VA comp&pen, but since I had finally, and with very bad grace, been granted SSI, every penny was clawed back out of my c&p back pay.
Meanwhile, I have spent the last few years trying to get healthy enough for a part time job to make up those 6 units. All the agencies that assist veterans, disabled veterans (and I qualify as superdisabled) and women dropped me last year, and when I realized why and fixed the problem, won't budge (imagine that).
Did you know that if you claim a college degree and a potential employer cannot get hands on your transcript, they assume you lied? And that it's a job hunt killer? Because no matter how you are able to prove, as in my case, that your college acknowledges that they kept an illegal hold on your transcript and that they are sorry and will provide it upon demand, you are DONE.
Oh yeah, and if I had stayed married for exactly six and a half months longer, this would not be a problem. I'd be covered under the dx's megaunits.
My last hope is finding sponsorship and advertizing for my blog, which is a reach out to disabled and suicidal veterans, but is mostly a vanity blog, displaying what I do to stay strong, and not informative, as I am not qualified to do more than provide links and advice on how to survive the VA claims process, and not how to manage it.
Somehow the same forces that have decreed that disabled veterans are moochers have made the VA claims process hell, and have tricked the Dems into allowing a good and honorable man to be vilified, and rendered us vulnerable to what is amusingly called nonVA healthcare with a GOP eye to destroying the whole system with privatization. Military supply is a mess because it was privatized into Halliburton in the 70s, other support services more recently. Whatever is wrong with the VAMCs can be fixed with more staff and better budgetary support.
I agree that it is important, and I appreciate your concern, but all my efforts and the efforts of those trying to help have come up with nothing but obstacles.
The once and future Nonny
"Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give a man a bank and he can rob the world." Can anyone tell me who I am quoting? I found this with no attribution.
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