Chana Joffe-Walt was working as a local reporter in Seattle, Washington four years ago, and did a story on workers in a dead mill in Aberdeen, Washington to preserve the memory era when you graduated from high school you can get a job at the mill to live a good life. That was very good ending of the story.
Chana Joffe-Walt said after he got interested in Social Security Disability, he wanted to an inquiry about the guys to see what is going on with them after the mill closed. A guy name Scott Birdsall went to several meetings where he learned about educational opportunities and retraining programs. Scott said at one meeting, a staff member pulled him a side and said: “Scott, I am going, to be honest with you, there is no one is going to hire you and we are just hiding you guys.” The staff member’s advice to Scott was blunt, then the staff member said I know it sucks when all of your unemployment benefits is gone and then you are out there alone in this world.
Scott who was 56 years old at the time said this is the most real thing anyone ever said to him in a while. The staff member said there was a lot of jobs that you could get with just a high school diploma and was getting paid enough to be middle class in our society. Scott knew it has been disappearing for decades. What really surprised Scott was it was happening to so many people who lost their jobs and going on Social Security Disability?
However, Scott tried going to school for a while, but he did not like it. Until he took the advice of a rogue staffer who told him to take advantage of all the benefits he could of the system. Unfortunately, Scott suffered a heart attack after the mill closed and thought since he had a bypass surgery then maybe he can get on Social Security Disability that way he will not have to worry about this stuff anymore. It worked because Scott is now on Social Security disability.
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