Saturday, May 3, 2008
Update on my guest!
I was able to talk with him and discovered that he is very fearful of his future. He knows of no place that will hire a man of his age (60 in a few days) and after his economic stimulus check is gone, he will have no money and no place to live. A light bulb went off in my head and I asked him if he filed for spouse's survival benefits through the Social Security Administration. His response was 'no, I didn't know there was anything like that.' So we looked online at their site and found information on all the paperwork he needs to take to them since they don't allow this to be filed and applied for online. The good news he is going there on Monday and is even thinking about and considering my suggestion as to going to the Veteran's Administration too, to see what help they might be able to provide. I feel he is making some important decisions in his life and is showing a willingness to make an effort to work through this and recover and join the real world again. I think it will be a long rough haul for him!