The Real Faces of Disability

November 20, 2013
How many of you know someone who is drawing a disability check that does not deserve one? Well, I think this pretty much covers everyone, now doesn’t it?
In April 2013, statistics showed a 29% jump since 2003 in the number of Americans with little or no work experience getting disability payments, this meaning these people have never paid in a cent in taxes. Sure, there are many who deserve these benefits, but this number is growing smaller by the day. Nowadays, you have more people who are on disability for “diseases” that are quite frankly, just a crock. Alcoholism, obesity, depression, pregnancy…and my personal favorite, mental health.
 If I worked in an SSI Office, I would have a field day, because here’s my way of thinking. If you’re overweight to the point of not working, then get out and lose some weight. If your drinking is hindering you from working, then stop. If you can’t stop getting pregnant, then seek out a tubal ligation, or better yet, abstinence. If you’re depressed, the get a job and you won’t have much time to think about how sad you are. And as far as mental health goes, well…that’s a whole other issue entirely.
 And here’s the sad thing…the people who really need to be on disability have either spent years trying to get the benefits, only to be denied time and time again. Then, you have another portion of citizens actually have a disability who choose to be a part of the work force and have learned to live with this disability. They don’t use their disability as a crutch as some do and they actually have to work twice as hard as we do to get the same end results. These are the people who I have the utmost respect for…
Take for instance, Mr. Charles Hill from Lineville, AL.  In 1962, just one day before Thanksgiving, he lost his right hand and part of his arm in an accident at his place of employment at the age of 21. Charles was working as a meat grinder when in a split second, the accident occurred. To make matters worse, his arm was caught in the electric grinder after being severed. So, a portion of this machine had to be removed, with Charles’ arm still attached. He was taken to Clay County Hospital in the back of a police car, because in these days, there was no ambulance or 911 to call. Even though he was in unbelievable pain, Charles remained conscious during this time so he could tell them how to disassemble the machine. As soon as the machinery was disassembled and his arm free, then he lost consciousness.
Charles Hill is shown holding his great-grandbaby, Levi
Charles Hill is shown holding his great-grandbaby, Levi
 
Charles long-time girlfriend, Jane, stayed by his side during this difficult time, and in just one month, they would be married on Christmas Day. Not many women would have made the choice to spend the rest of their life with a person who was considered to be handicapped, which shows what kind of person Jane was. She kept Charles grounded and never made him feel inferior in any way. In fact, she has been his biggest cheerleader for 51 years and counting. Their union would produce two children, Anthony and Anna, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Charles & Jane Hill on their wedding day
Charles & Jane Hill on their wedding day
 
Charles immediately began searching for employment after being released from the hospital, only to be turned away again and again. They would take one look at him and send him away, but he kept on pounding the pavement every day. Finally, after going to Higgin’s Slacks every day for some time, Plant Manager Mr. Parrish hired Charles to be a Bundle Boy, a fast-paced job that required a lot of lifting. In less than three months, he lost almost 50 pounds, but he able to sufficiently do the tasks. Charles was employed at Higgin’s until 1969.
The next forty years of his life took him through many different types of employment, from manual to professional. Charles did construction work, owned a junk yard, worked on vehicles, even building motors from the ground up, owned chicken houses, and sold life insurance. Charles Hill worked so hard that many people never even noticed he only had one hand. Charles never once drew a dime of disability until he was 62 years old, and then it was due to the deterioration of his shoulder. And even then, he had a hard time being approved. What an extraordinary and inspirational story that should be placed in every Social Security Office across the nation.
Charles and Jane still going strong after 51 years of marriage
Charles and Jane still going strong after 51 years of marriage
Another person that fits the inspirational category is Ellen Sewell of Ashland. Ellen lost four of her fingers on her left hand when she was just a toddler, but she didn’t let that stop her from doing whatever she wanted. She credits her father for her strong work ethic because she said he never treated her like she had any kind of handicap and always encouraged her in every aspect of her life. Ellen has spent the majority of her life doing manual labor through carpenter work, and could work circles around many men. She is also a talented seamstress to boot.  At 58 years old, Ellen is the owner of the Brown Gables House in Ashland, AL, a beautiful, historical home she almost singlehandedly reconstructed after it was destroyed by fire.
Ellen Sewell
Ellen Sewell
I had a politician tell me one time that the reason deserving people can’t seem to get any financial aid is because they are honest. It was the saddest statement I had ever heard, but probably the most truthful. There are many on disability and every type of government aid they can get their hands on who have learned how to work the system, so that is why the cycle continues with each generation. This is just one of the many things that is steadily crippling our country.
A beautifully decorated interior room of the Brown Gables house
A beautifully decorated interior room of the Brown Gables house
 When President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, there were 142,187,000 people employed and 7,442,377 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled about 1 person taking disability payments for each 19.1 people actually working. In May of this year, there were 142,287,000 people employed, and 8,707,185 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled 1 worker taking disability payments for each 16.3 people working.
Guess that’s another “record” for Obama, huh? Boy, he’s really racking them up, isn’t he?
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2 thoughts on “The Real Faces of Disability”

  1. I have no problem with folks….deserving folks receiving disability. However, being the parent to a child that is blind has cerebral palsy, microcephaly, a supressed immune system, among other issues who cannot get disability….um yeah those folks that are not deserving …well they make me angry. Make no mistake she is our child, and we will gladly take care of that sweet girl. I am just saying if she is not deserving I really do not know anyone that is deserving. Those funds would mean a lot to my child. She could get the extra ( and expensive) therapy parents of a child with Autism has to pay out of picket for….IF THEY CAN! (yes she has that too!)

    So, yeah the undeserving do not exactly earn my respect. As for paying taxes/ working. My daughter may never be able to work a minute, but her Daddy and Mommy sure as heck has! The fact her Daddy has worked so hard to take care of our girl, so I can be a Stay at Home Mom…sick or hurt he is hard at work, and HE deserves my respect. It is a shame more people in this country do not share my Husband’s work ethic.

    I guess it does no good for me to get on my soapbox.

  2. This story hits home Tammy. I am receiving disability benefits but I worked all my life and paid in an d it took me 3 and a half years to get it. However during this time,I was loosing everything I worked for and come to find out that people that come here from another country can get it faster if they apply and are elderly. It took a total of 2 weeks for one I personally know to get SSI benefits and that includes medicaid and food stamps. Boy,that lit my fire quick,not saying that she didn’t need help but knowing a immegrent from Cuba can get benefits and never even work or pay taxes in the U.S. before someone that worked here 30 years. Now I wasn’t asking for a hand out but I was shot on my job and tried to go back to work until the pain got so unbearable that I had to give up. That is why the numbers look so bad sometimes is because of this happening and so many people not knowing about it. I think they need to stop this immedately,giving out to people who come to this country for a hand out, or this country i gonna be in worse shape and never recover.

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