Social Security

I recently found out that my casefile for my Social Security application had basically been sitting on someone’s desk for the last two years full of blank information. Hooray for government competency. Not as though I needed assistance or medical care or anything of the sort in the past three years since I initially applied. No sir, not at all.

The unfortunate part is it’s just as much my own fault. I knew that cases can take a long time to work through and it never occured to me to call to find out what was going on with my latest appeal. I made an assumption that things were on the correct course, and that is never a good thing to do I’ve found. On the upside, at least I’ll get a back award if/when they ever finally approve my claim. I also intend to move into the career path of Peer Specialist. And if I’m on SSI they will cover the cost of the training for that as well as part of a back to work initiative. I can’t really say everything hinges on it, since I’ve gone this long without it as it is. If I get to the end of my claims process and can’t win my case, I’ll just have to find a different way. Though I never really expected to win anyways, that’s just how I view things.

On a side note, while I’m irritated with their general handling of the situation the case worker I dealt with was at least sympathetic and notably irritated with her co-worker’s incompetence as well. So many people are quick to dismiss the government entities as nameless, faceless institutions. But I do have to say that all of the people I have dealt with in the tenure of attempting to win my SSI claim have been very helpful and assisting. Mostly it boils down to having to prove how one’s disorder affects their general living. Doing that effectively is oftentimes the problem.


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