Letters To The Editor


August 28, 2005

Widow decries rules at Social Security

I know that I am not alone out there. Many widows that I have spoken to about this subject feel the same way.

My injustice is with our Social Security system. My husband's illness for seven and a half years put a strain on our finances.

So, after his death, I decided I needed to go to work and pay off doctor bills and keep myself afloat.

I did not find out that I needed to call the Social Security office pertaining to what I would make during the year.

To my horror, after three years of working and collecting a widow's check, I was penalized for three years of overpayment.

I received a letter from Social Security stating that they were going to penalize me and I needed to see them at once.

Why should we have to pay back Social Security and Medicare benefits while we are working? This is double jeopardy.

I made an appointment with an agent at the Green Street office in Baltimore. It was an eye-opener to be approached by her like I was a criminal.

I never asked the state of Maryland for a dime. I took care of my husband day and night and never asked for help.

The rest of the story is that I am penalized for the next 10 years.

The agent told me all the Social Security information that I ever needed to know was on the Internet.

I am happy to say that I do now have a computer. I just bought it a few months back.

I am organizing a committee for Widows Injustice. Please e-mail me if you feel that this is truly an injustice at gerryejohnston@hotmail.com.

Gerrye Johnston


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