I was happy that day in the spring of 2004. I had many friends in Montrose, Colorado, mostly at the Senior Center, where we played pool and had lunch together. I had no idea how that serenity was about to change as I walked into the Social Security office in town. I still didn't suspect anything as a lady came in and sat facing me behind a desk. Her first accusatory words were, "You have been overpaid for eleven years. You will have to pay that money back!" I was in shock after she told me that I owed the government nearly $16,000 - two whole years' income for me! She inferred that it was all my fault; I supposedly had not told them that I was a teacher.
This book is the story of my eight year battle with the Social Security administration. The struggle was confusing and uncertain, and at times made me downright angry.
I hope that sharing my experience will benefit someone, somewhere, who may also be caught in the same web of what I call "government abuse." In the Appendix I've included copies of several documents and forms used by myself and/or my attorneys that can help in the Appeals Process. I hope these and my story will give you the tools and inspiration to solve any problem you may be having with Social Security. Be sure, it is possible to prevail.