Hello everyone. I want to thank you for being YOU.
I am struggling like many others. The difference is, “I am nearly ready to give up my pursuit of making music.”
Seems there are not enough people interested in my Off The Wall Music and Creativity. What do you think? Should I continue? BE NICE if the answer is no. There a pleasant way of saying negative things. haha haha
HERE IS WHY —- It has never been my effort to deceive or defraud the Social Security Administration.
Let me begin by expressing my sincerity and utmost urgency in this dire situation the loss of my S.S.I. benefits have caused.
Up until I received a large cash settlement at the end of Sept. 2015, I had been receiving regular monthly S.S.D.I. & S.S.I. checks since 1992, due to disabling conditions both physical and emotional. During these past DECADES, I had, unfortunately, “squandered” Most of the payments I received, due to addictions and its effects that drug abuse had on my ability to function in society.
However, I no longer have a drug addiction and am proud to say, I feel I did the RIGHT THING with monies I received as compensation for a permanent injury I sustained as a passenger in an auto accident.
It was never my intention to defraud any agency or policy thereof. I reported the settlement (Income) amount as per protocol. I did not “APPEAL” such decision when I was given notice of my benefits for S.S.I.because they were “Temporarily Suspended” as of Sept. and felt since that was protocol is was the right of the SSA to do so,,, until such time I presented a spend-down confirmation, but THAT (11/2015) was the LAST CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED from SSA about this, and according to the SSA office own records — I was NEVER Notified my S.S.I case was closed as of Aug 1st. 2016 and I did not know until my LAST EFFORT to bring my bank statements into the local office in Warwick, RI. on or around the last day in Aug.2016
I had been trying Unsuccessfully to Submit all my paperwork to the SSA to show my “Spend Down” of the money I reported to have received. I was told time and time again to come back and give them more information- they stalled me until the time ran out. I was NEVER given a fair chance to present my case or appeal my case because they let the clock run out EARLY as far as I am concerned. My case should NOT HAVE CLOSED Aug.1st 2016. Off record, an attorney also told me I should have until the END of Aug. NOT Aug 1st. Which is why I tried ONCE MORE at the end of Aug.But since I was told my case was closed… I could not even appeal any decision at that time but should have been allowed to have a decision made about my spend-down. I WAS DENIED THAT OPPORTUNITY –
ALL I NEEDED WAS A DETERMINATION TO RESTORE, REJECT OR DENY MY BENEFITS – I WAS NEVER GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAL A DECISION BECAUSE MY CASE WAS CLOSED BEFORE MY LAST ATTEMPT AT ESTABLISHING MY SPEND DOWN.
My disability has never been considered in the factoring in of financial events which transpired as a result of an injury sustained as a passenger in an auto accident which in itself was traumatizing.
They did not even take into account the ADA rules,,, as a disabled American citizen (64yrs old) my disability should have been factored in and all efforts made to “Accommodate” my disability and take all relative information of my medical/psychological background into consideration…. ESPECIALLY SINCE THE FACT REMAINS I AM STILL DISABLED AND REMAIN OF S.S.D.I. – WHICH HAS BEEN A “TOTAL” OF $545/MO UNTIL THE COST OF LIVING (what a joke) RAISE OR $2… BRINGING MY MONTHLY TOTAL TO $547 …….. if not for food stamps and medical coverage I would have Nothing.
How can anyone with a conscience allow a disabled senior citizen to continue to live on such a small amount? It was not my fault I was injured as I was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by my case worker from The Providence Center, and because of the loss of the SSI portion of my income I HAVE ALREADY BEGAN LOSING ALL WHICH I GAINED FROM THE LARGE AMOUNT (over $70,000) I AM LOSING.
I HAVE LOST AN APARTMENT, FURNITURE, A RELATIONSHIP, HOPE AND NEARLY MY LIFE. (My depression is killing me because of all this… I don’t want to give up but I can not continue to live on just over $550/mo)
THIS HARDSHIP IS KILLING ME AS MY HEALTH CONCERNS NOW ARE GREATLY INCREASED BY THE STRESS CAUSED FROM THE MOST DEBT I HAVE EVER BEFORE BEEN IN (to my memory) AND WITH THE LOWEST MONTHLY INCOME IN PROBABLY 30 YEARS.
At this time I wish only to express my discontent and outrage about the unfair, unjust and discriminatory way I have been treated by the staff and regulatory protocol concerning the proper vetting of clients already receiving benefits. I do however state I have reason to believe (and can prove) there was a bias against me which was prejudicial in nature. There was also discriminatory practices used by not factoring in my disability and its underlying conditions.
My closing statement is as follows; “to the best of my ability, I, Herbert E Anthony Jr. do swear these are my words and my statement of sincerity to express the basic facts without all the details here and now as to the exact figures of my spend-down.”
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