Congressman Bob Goodlatte
3481 Brookrun Dr. NE
Roanoke, VA 24012
RE: Social Security for William David Laird
I am typing this letter for my Son-in-Law, William David Laird as he is telling me what he would like to be said, and part of the letter is in my words. In March of 2005 an application was filed for Social Security Disability. His attorney of record was Pat Fields. The following is information we were able to obtain from a Social Security Worker in Albuquerque, NM. He was nice enough to offer his name after his search turned up to be in his words; “a miscarriage of justice.”
The SS representative’s name was Tim Kyger. I certainly hope this will not put his job in jeopardy. We reached him at 1-800-772-1213. This was either in late January or the first of February 2012.
Mr. Kyger informed us that William’s file was started in March of 2005.
April 26, 2005 a hearing was held. On May 5, of 2005, Administration Judge Shearer made a ruling denying his application. On May 10, 2005 the decision was to have been mailed to William. Mr. Kyger informed us that “someone had dropped the ball as the letter was never mailed”. So all of this time he continued waiting.
Part of the blame may be my fault, as my husband became seriously ill. He subsequently was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor. He was operated on twice between the date that William’s letter should have arrived, and the surgery. The operation on my husband was Oct. 2, 2005 and he died Oct 7. 2005. Shortly thereafter I suffered a heart attack. I was not emotionally or financially able to handle anything. My income was not enough to support the three of us. Hence William and his wife, Melody Ann Laird, my daughter, moved to Kansas believing SS had been denied and I was not able to support them. My daughter also has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and was receiving SSI for herself only in the amount of about $550 a month
They moved back in with me in January of 2012. This is when he began to try filing for his benefits again.
Now I will begin to explain about William Laird’s disability. At the age of 15, Jeremiah Gilstrap offered him a ride home from school. Subsequently there was an accident where the boy that was driving was killed and William was critically injured. His medical records will be faxed as well.
But in short, he suffered, among many injuries, a broken back and partially severed spinal cord. He was transported to Pratt Community Hospital and then to Kingman Hospital both in Kansas. Due to those injuries, for 16 years now he has been unable to know when he is urinating or defecating, until he is either wet or smells the feces. He must were men’s diapers when he can afford them. He is also unable to have sexual relations. To his credit he tried to work as much as possible. When an employer would learn of his condition he would be fired from his jobs which were mainly in fast food as he also has ADD. However he made enough to qualify for Social Security through the year 2015, but that was never received either.
A “miscarriage of justice” in William’s eyes were much more serious.
Currently he has filed again for SS and SSI in Roanoke, VA. Copies of that correspondence will be faxed as well. No determination has been made, still, as of this date. He just keeps getting more questionnaires and no answers. In my words “it is a travesty of justice’, when a young man at the young age of 31 has suffered so much and received nothing.
I wish to thank your office for getting back in touch with me after I refused to answer a survey from you. I had sent an email to you in February 2012 that a very nice lady from your office informed me you never received. I was very upset when I felt that once again the issue had again been ignored.
Please accept my apologies.
William David Laird
Begin typing here..You will receive a fax regarding this on July 22,2012.