BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After a 33-year career serving the US military as a mathematician and computer scientist, Andrew had to retire after being diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis.
“He would have worked longer if he could have,” said his wife Mary, “the effects of this prevent him from working and it definitely affects personal income.”
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Andrew and Mary have requested that their surnames be omitted from this story.
Andrew applied for disability in 2019 but was denied. He reapplied in 2020 with the help of an attorney, and in 2021 a Social Security judge ruled in his favor.
“Was supposed to start getting social benefits (disability benefits) in March 2021 and it never happened,” Andrew said.
Over the past year, they have failed to collect payments. They eventually contacted their congressman, Kweisi Mfume, for help.
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“I don’t know if I’ve seen a situation where funds were held for so long to reach almost $86,000,” Rep. Mfume said.
Congressman Mfume said they fell through the cracks and he put the weight of his office behind the problem to help solve it.
“It was a very intentional effort to provide relief, and relief is what we got,” Mfume said.
Now Andrew and Mary are happy to put that behind them.
“Just that it’s over, the money will definitely help a lot,” Andrew explained.
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From 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, Representative Mfume’s office is hosting a roundtable for seniors to help them navigate Medicare and Medicaid services, Social Security, personal safety, and even prevention. fraud. You can watch live online or call 833-364-1472