Statesman Investigates: Social Security
It’s been more than a year since his hearing for Social Security disability benefits, but Gulf War veteran Shawn McMurray still can’t get the judge’s words out of his mind.
“It’s tormented me since that day,” said the Navy veteran, 44, who served as fueler on board an aircraft carrier during the months-long bombardment of Iraq in 1991 and lives in Bay City with his wife and seven children. “He took my dignity away. I wasn’t proud to be a veteran.”
According to a recording of the April 2014 hearing, administrative law judge Gary Suttles, who hears Social Security disability appeals in the Houston area, questioned how McMurray, who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, could have been affected by his wartime experience.