Notch Settlement?

Notch Settlement
By: CJ Cassidy

PUXICO, Mo. --At some time or another, we've all received letters or phone calls asking us for donations. But one Heartland woman says she just doesn't want to be bothered by one group that claims to be fighting for her rights.

It's called the TREA Senior Citizen's League - a group that lobbies on behalf of senior citizens, aiming to protect and defend the benefits people have earned and paid for; specifically social security benefits the league claims some seniors missed out on.

That may sound like a worthy cause but one Heartland woman says she'd rather be left alone.

Around Puxico, Ingeborg Tanner's well known for her gooey chocolate cake; but don't take this pleasant faced, eighty year old for a softie.

"I'm not very trusting," she says.

Over the years, that's kept Tanner from giving away money to groups like the Senior Citizen's League in Virginia.

"They're asking for money to help get the Notch problem underway so the old people would get the money," Tanner says.

A social security cost of living adjustment back in the '70s apparently created a disparity known as the Notch.

It affects only people born between 1917 and 1926.

They say the Notch has been costing them money for years.

The Senior Citizen's League claims to lobby congress on behalf of getting a one-time $5,000 settlement for Notch people like Tanner.

And even though donations are voluntary, the group refers to membership dues three times in the mailer Ingeborg Tanner received.

Tanner says she'd rather spend her retirement perfecting her recipes, than banking on getting some elusive prize..

"I've been telling them the little money I was getting I needed it for my health, for medicine and to eat, and it was more important than they were," she says.

I did some checking - turns out the Senior Citizen's League receives millions of dollars in donations every year.

They tell me that money supports their awareness and lobbying efforts towards getting that notch settlement passed by congress.

A social security officer tells me no one's due anything in the way of benefits.

He suggests you contact your representative in congress or senator if you want to speak up or believe there's a problem..

We also checked with the Better Business Bureau and found out that while there have only been three complaints against the Senior Citizen's League in the last three years, they are not registered with the bureau.