Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Social Security disability hearing in frigid weather

Today I have a Social Security disability hearing in Greensboro, and I doubt it will be much warmer than 15 degrees at the time of the hearing.  The cold weather has made me think about how my clients, many of whom do not have a set place to live (near homeless, homeless or chronic homeless), cope with the elements.  Most people never consider what it is like not to have your basic needs (food and shelter) met or even in doubt as to if they will be met.  We live in the richest country in the history of the world, and it is tragic we have the greatest income disparity in human history.  It is equally tragic that my Social Security disability clients have to wait two years or more to receive the benefits they deserve. And they have to wait  all the while hearing the clamor of idiots calling them lazy and "moochers".  Neither of these inappropriate characterizations could be further from the truth.  On this frigid day consider the "chilling effect" this struggle has on the souls of people.

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