My name is Karen Bravo Norman. I am 56 years old and my husband, Kevin, died of cancer on the VA as they claim he did not serve during war time. There were actually about 10 different wars that December 1, 2017. We had been married for 24 years and he was my everything. We had been together for almost 30 years and I had known him since we were in 7th grade. I have agoraphobia and cannot work because of it. My husband was my sole support and since he passed, I have no source of income. He was collecting Social Security Disability benefits, but since I am not 60 years old yet I cannot collect his Social Security Disability Insurance payments. He was also collecting disability benefits from the Veterans Administration, but I am not eligible to collect his pension from the United States got involved in during his time of service, but for some reason they do not count. I am appealing their decision, but so far I am still denied. What little bit of life insurance I had on Kevin that was not spent on his funeral is almost completely gone.
Kevin and I never really had a lot, but we were very happy. And when he became sick and could no longer work Social Security will only pay benefits as long as you have almost nothing in assets which made it so I had no savings or anything to rely on now that Kevin is gone. Since I have not worked outside of the home since 1999, I can not collect Social Security Benefits myself. I never even thought about applying for it until Kevin had been collecting for a while and we needed some help. However, by then I had not worked for over 10 years and that made me no longer eligible. We were both unaware of the 10-year rule, or I would have applied before I became no longer eligible.
This is one of the hardest things for me to do, ask for help. I am usually the one to offer help to others. I am more of a care giver. I had taken care of my mother-in-law the last 8 years of her life before she died of Alzheimer’s. During this time is when Kevin got sick and I became of care giver to both. I would have happily taken care of both the rest of my life, too. But now, sadly I need to be taken care of and don’t know what to do.
If you can possibly help me, my PayPal account is paypal.me/KarenBNorman. I would greatly appreciate it and hope to be able to pay it forward.
Thank you so much for your consideration and help.