12 On Your Side: Couple says government shutdown leaves them near financial ruin

By: Jerome Collins Email
By: Jerome Collins Email


News 12 at 6 o'clock / October 7, 2013

David Wilmoth says after his workers compensation ran out he applied for social security disability, now he says a decision in his case is in limbo after the federal shutdown. "Our wedding rings to the pawn shop, our car is pawned," says Wilmoth.

After 30 years of marriage, Wilmoth says he will do whatever it takes to support his loving wife Ann, knowing she would do the same for him. "Since November of last year I have been relying solely on my wife's disability,solely.

While he is waiting on a decision about his social security disability, he says he is confident he will be approved after reaching out to his congressman John Barrow's office for assistance.

But now that hope has turned to despair after he got this letter. "They said that because of the government shut down there's absolutely nothing anybody can take and do,"says Wilmoth.

The letter says because of federal furloughs, he will have to wait to for a new hearing in his case. "We get right down here to the goal line and somebody takes and snatches away the football and says no we cant take and play right now," says Wilmoth.

He says it is a cruel game that is leaving everyday Americans in a serious bind. He says with each day the government stays shut down, he and his wife fall further behind in obligations, like rent and utilities, forcing the couple to make decisions they never imagined they would have to make.

"Shortly I will have to go back to selling my blood to take and pay for my wife's medications," says Wilmoth. On the brink of financial ruin, they are hoping and praying things take a turn for the better, and soon.

"They just don't know what in the world they are doing to the little people," says Wilmoth.

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