Woman Loses SSD Benefits after Accepting Crowd Sourced Donations
If you are one of the millions of Americans who count on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits each month, you know how critical they can be in covering the basic necessities. This can be especially true when SSD benefits are a person’s only source of income. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is not known for their leniency when it comes to enforcing program requirements. A gift, for example, may count as income, reducing or eliminating benefits. A Missouri woman, Joyce Jeter, learned this lesson first-hand after she accepted proceeds from a “GoFundMe” campaign and saw a drastic reduction of her SSD benefits.
Joyce suffers from an incurable disease, neurofibromatosis, which causes her constant pain and prevents her from working. While it had always been a dream of hers to see her favorite baseball team, the Royals, her disease has also kept her from visiting the stadium or attending a game. After hearing her story, several charitable fans set up a crowd-funding account and the donations began to pour in. In total, around $3,700 was raised, allowing Joyce to live her dream and see her team play.
Sadly, not long after she saw her boys in blue play, the SSA notified her that she was supposed to inform them about the donations and that the $3,700 will be deducted directly from her monthly social security checks. As social security is her only income, the loss of $176 a month represents a substantial hit to her livelihood. During an interview with Fox 4 News, Joyce compares the prospect to taking the food right out of her mouth.
Despite the hardship that she might face in the coming months, Joyce continues to stay optimistic and is hoping for a positive resolution to this situation. While she has not indicated if she will seek legal action, it may be the only way to prevent this deduction of benefits from occurring.
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