Good News!Seven years ago, everything changed for a young couple and their son. The mother, who is now 41 years of age, contracted Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is commonly called Lou Gehrig's Disease. Since then, her health has gradually declined and now she is only capable of moving her eyelids. In order to communicate with his wife, her husband goes through the alphabet letter by letter until a sentence has been formed.

Sadly, this couple has been unable to obtain Social Security disability benefits to help pay for the woman's medical care and nursing services. As a result, they currently owe as much as $30,000 to a nursing services provider. The Social Security administration says that the mother cannot qualify for benefits because she did not work long enough to receive the required number of credits. That is a terrible shame, especially considering that she was a mere 18 months away from achieving these credits.

Now, the couple lives with family in order to make financial ends meet, and to make caring for their severely disabled loved one easier. They are also doing whatever they can to cheer her spirits. Not long ago, the husband got 4,000 signatures and an invitation from the director of the Hobbit movies so that he and his wife could appear as extras in one of the recent productions. They were flown to New Zealand, all expenses paid, put in Hobbit make-up, and appeared in the background of one of the scenes.

In spite of the husband's ability to cheer up his wife, he has not been able to secure Social Security benefits she desperately needs. Nevertheless, a recent development is hopeful. A news agency got wind of their struggles and contacted the Social Security administration on the couple's behalf. Since then, the government has agreed to open their case, and investigate what can be done to get them the life-changing benefits they have been lacking.

The new development case is a prime example of how one should never give up hope when trying to secure government assistance for disabilities. While not every case will have a happy ending, sometimes all it takes is the assistance of a third party representative who is familiar with Social Security disability law -- such as an attorney -- who can advocate successfully on one's behalf.