‘It’s food out of my mouth’: Social Security takes disabled women’s money over free baseball tickets
The Social Security administration said that it will take money from a disabled Missouri woman after she accepted free tickets to a baseball game.
Joyce Jeter told WDAF that she has an incurable disease called neurofibromatosis. The disease causes tumors to appear on her body. Her leg had to be amputated after one tumor tested positive for cancer.
“I’m in constant pain all the time,” Jeter noted. “It prevents me from doing some things.”
She said that people have mocked and bullied her because of her appearance. So Jeter was delighted when people got together and raised $3,700 on a GoFundMe page so that they could send her to a Kansas City Royals game.
“It was just awesome being there. I mean, it was just a feeling like, ‘God, this is like, maybe heaven,'” Jeter recalled.
But her happiness turned to fear after she was notified that the money would be taken out of her Social Security check.
“I’m troubled and stuff, because I can’t afford to lose that $176 a month,” she explained. “Actually, it’s like taking food out of my mouth.”
Jeter said that she planned to contact legal aid in hopes of fighting the government’s decision.
Watch the video below from WDAF, broadcast Dec. 5, 2016.