Veteran, Joeseph H. Seall, qualified for Social Security disability benefits. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to make it past the required 5-month waiting period. Two Congressmen, Chip Pickering (R-MS) and Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), jointly introduced the Joseph H. Seall Act of 2007 (HR 2713).
Congressman Pickering saw Seall as a man who served his country, worked hard his entire life. When Seall was diagnosed with terminal cancer he was approved for disability benefits, but because of bureaucratic rules his first payment did not arrive until after his death.
The Pickering-Pomeroy legislation will allow a Social Security Commissioner to waive the 5-month waiting period for a terminally ill beneficiary.