Not really about me, but...
Years before we got married, my husband, who has been disabled since birth (and in a wheelchair since age 7) with JRA and more recently myotonic dystrophy, was pushed (and hard) into going to college by VESID in NYS. He went all the way through and was almost done with his MSW (lacking only 2 credits) when VESID tells him that he is unemployable and he will lose his benefits if he tries to work. So he's peed off because he's now $100,000 in debt he can't pay (they were taking part of his SSD but now he only gets SSI so they said it's untouchable.) He was making $1200/week as drummer while in school (his legs work *somewhat*- can't walk- but he is good) but his now-ex-wife (also disabled) took all his money. He DOES have an AAS in Chemical Dependency Counseling, a BS in Sociology (emph. Social Services), and a ThM from a non-accredited seminary now, plus he's ordained as independent clergy, so hopefully he will be able to get back to doing something soon- he's getting antsy and driving me nuts lol...
I was working when we got married but he got worse and now I stay home F/T with him as we do not qualify for any home health assistance- because I am an able-bodied person living in the home. He is getting better (hopefully it will continue) so I can go to work when I finish my degree and get us off the system.
Okay, I just went off on a tangent... What was my point? Oh yeah:
-VESID sucks (well, they paid for my LPN school costs, so I can't complain that much...)
-they can garnish your SS Retirement or SS Disability (even if you are/were a "disabled-adult-child") directly from your check as long as they leave you at least $750 (they did this to hubby until we got married, then...) (NY only?)
-they CANNOT touch SSI as it is for poor people without enough other resources (at least they don't touch hubby's). If it is in check form, it is untouchable until you deposit said check in account then it's fair game. We cashed hubby's at Price Chopper as it was the only place around here that would do so. If it is direct deposit and the account is labeled as an SSI account before it hits the account, it's untouchable. If it is on the debit card the SSA issues then it's untouchable. (what we are dealing with now.) (also maybe NY only?)
One of hubby's vids for your enjoyment (?): Type O Negative Christian Woman/Black No. 1 Drum Cover by Aaron Mathews - YouTube
(FF to 1 minute in as he has to wheel himself from the camera to his set)