By Amanda LePine
Member, Central Oregon Coast NOW
Many women are in the same circumstances that I am in!
None of the extensive work I do on my husband’s behalf is reflected in my Social Security benefits.
My Social Security benefits are greatly diminished because I stayed home to raise my two children.
After they were grown, then I went to work in health care.
In January of 2006 my husband had an Agent Orange-related stroke.
Any opportunity I may have had to work evaporated.
My husband needs a caregiver all day every day.
As his sole caregiver I work 24/7.
I haven’t had a full night’s rest since 2006.
Any negotiations with the Veteran’s Administration are taken care of by me.
For all appointments I’m the decision-maker, and I drive and accompany my husband. All of my work goes unrecognized by Social Security.
Question: What’s wrong with this ‘picture’?
If you can’t figure it out, have I got an answer for you!