I was thinking the same thing about her food stamp benefits ending.Neither her Social Security payments nor the lump sum back payment would be taxed. I'm not sure if Misty is actually receiving a disability payment from the Air Force, or how much that would be. Whatever amount she receives from the VA will not reduce her Social Security Payments. She gets medical benefits from the VA, which is good news to her, as she doesn't have to pay a medicare premium every month from her Social Security payment. So that's a little more money in her pocket every month, at any rate. I think it's 70 dollars or so. Of course, she's low-income enough to qualify for Medicaid and pay nothing, but if she goes on Medicaid I don't think she can use VA medical anymore. It's theoretically possible but almost never done in practice.
Now, her income from the VA and her Social Security income will be considered as income for the purposes of food stamps. She was probably getting a fairly large amount of food stamps before she was awarded the Social Security. That will end. Her food stamp benefits are going to be either eliminated completely or drastically lowered.
My source for all of this is personal experience with several relatives, for the Social Security stuff, and one guy I mentored as he was growing up who came back from Afghanistan pretty messed up, for the VA stuff.
I wonder how much she gets in food stamps each month?
If she’s hitting up food pantries while on food stamps,can you imagine how much she will hit them up without food stamps?