Monday, 27 June 2016

"Congressional Oversight"..Office of Trent Kelly of Mississippi



On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 8:40 PM, Ryan, Shelia <Shelia.Ryan@mail.house.gov> wrote:
Good afternoon Mr. Ketchum,

I appreciate you cc’ing me on the emails in your case.  It has kept me up to date with your issue.  As per your request that my office promptly get you paid for the two days of Meal and incidental expenses,  and for your disability to be approved, my  office cannot tell the Social Security Administration how to do it’s job.  They are a separate government department from the Congress of the  United States.  I will continue to monitor your case, but cannot move it along any faster.

Thank you.

Shelia

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com

6:58 AM (12 minutes ago)
to Shelia
Dear Ms. Ryan,

Thank you for your response. All I ask is that you pass this last email along to the Congressman. That way seems a lot more efficient than simply hoping that enough other constituents see it that someone will finally mention it to his face.

As I may have said, in any case, the message was not for you, personally.

It is a given that you, personally, cannot do anything to "move the case along". However, members of Congress are an altogether different story.



Respectfully,

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.


Ryan, Shelia

4:15 PM (23 hours ago)
to me
Thank you Mr. Ketchum, I will pass this along, and am happy to do anything I can to help.  Have a good day.

Shelia


Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com

Jun 27 (2 days ago)
to SheliaFBU|FBUacsbucharestBryanKaren

To: The Honorable Trent Kelly, 
      Congressman for 1st Congressional District of Mississippi

c/o Shelia Ryan, Caseworker

COPY TO: WEBSITE SECTION FOR CONSTITUENT REQUESTS FOR CONGRESSMAN TRENT KELLY
 AND: "OPEN LETTERS BLOG"

Dear Congressman Kelly,

This will serve to respectfully request that your office intervene in the matter of my Social Security Disability Benefits re-application, which was first handled by your office approximately one year ago, after an e-mail request sent to then caseworker Brandy Burnette, following an online re-application.

You will please take notice that the records in this matter clearly reflect that a series of contacts with FBU Naples Office followed your initial inquiries on my behalf and that, at that time, it was well-established that I had been fighting for reinstatement of my Social Security Disability Benefits, in one way or another, since 2009, when they were first abusively terminated over a failure to fly to Mississippi from Romania (where I was residing), instead of making a reasonable accommodation to have any required examination or examinations conducted in Romania (which is precisely what we have done this time around).

You will also note that I made a similar re-application, in person, at a Social Security Office in Tupelo, Mississippi in December of 2012, and that, at that time, as before, I was not allowed to take a physical or other examination in Romania (still my residence) when I was forced to return from Mississippi less than 2 weeks after I had re-applied in person.

After a lot of wrangling, your office, working through a Mr. Bryan Knouse in Baltimore, managed to get me scheduled for a series of examinations in Bucharest (well over 70 miles distant from my house in Romania, one-way)). I was told at the time that the Embassy would pay the expenses of the examinations themselves and that I would be provided a room in a hotel for one night, since I was being scheduled for examination of one type or another over a period of two (2) successive days.

I was also told that I would be reimbursed for expense incurred in travel, provided I gave someone a "bank account in Romania" min which I was told any reimbursement would be direct-deposited.

The hotel provided was made completely inaccessible since all possibility of vehicle parking was denied ( as explained in a separate e-mail). Accordingly, we cancelled the reservation in time to reimburse the government for the room. However, we were, thereafter, forced to return to my domicile and make another round trip the following day.

I felt it was only fair to ask that we be reimbursed for expenses, based on the GSA-table for Bucharest for two (2) separate days of travel and that is what was requested. A paste of the table was provided in an earlier email to the parties involved.

I have no bank account in Romania and, if the people at the Embassy understood the law (Foreign Asset Reporting Act), they would understand why that was the case. In any event, I provided my complete USA bank information in a timely way and reasonably expected PROMPT payment for two (2) days of meals and incidental expenses, like the law provides for.

I ALSO expected PROMPT payment of my SSA Disability Benefits claim, since the Orthopedic Surgeon I met with on the second day plainly indicated that I was disabled and backed that up with multiple x-rays.

To-date, I remain unpaid for either of the above and, in spite of many emails on these and related subjects, I seem to be ignored by those required to take action in these matters.

Congressman Kelly, I am not asking for anything that I am not legally entitled-to. By any math, the law says that benefits are payable for three (3) years PRIOR TO the date of application for benefits. Since It has been a year since I re-applied most recently, I am entitled to 4 years of "back-benefits" without any discussion or other, more extraordinary documentation. I would argue that I am owed for an ADDITIONAL period of three (3) years PRIOR TO 2012, since I made personal application in December 2012 AND, like in 2009, through no fault of my own, I was not permitted to complete the examinations in Romania, instead of Mississippi. This was the same problem I had in 2009 and it was the same type of abuse in 2012 that first resulted in my being removed from SSA Disability in 2009 in the first place.

The records clearly show that I was getting SSA Disability benefits from at least 2004. I have also been on OPM disability retirement, continuously, for a like period. The only difference is that SSA stopped paying me, abusively, but OPM kept on paying me in accordance with the law.

I am respectfully requesting that your office promptly get me paid for the two days of Meal and incidental expenses for examinations attended by me in Bucharest and I am also requesting that, since there is no reason at all to deny that I am and have been disabled, that I should be IMMEDIATELY placed on SSA Disability Monthly Benefits and that, as an absolute minimum, I am given "back benefits" ALL THE WAY BACK TO 2009 (3 YEARS PRIOR TO THE 2012 RE-APPLICATION) SINCE I DID NOT FAIL OR REFUSE TO ATTEND EXAMINATIONS, BUT WAS NOT REASONABLY ACCOMMODATED TO HAVE THEM DONE IN ROMANIA AS I WAS RECENTLY.

Thanking you, in advance, for your prompt attention to these matters, I remain, 

Respectfully,

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.

Constituent Request Regarding Reimbursement of Expenses for Two Days of Required Travel for Social Security Examinations and for a prompt inception of benefit payments, including back-benefits


Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com

3:41 PM (0 minutes ago)
to SheliaFBU|FBUacsbucharestBryanKaren
To: The Honorable Trent Kelly, 
      Congressman for 1st Congressional District of Mississippi

c/o Shelia Ryan, Caseworker

COPY TO: WEBSITE SECTION FOR CONSTITUENT REQUESTS FOR CONGRESSMAN TRENT KELLY
 AND: "OPEN LETTERS BLOG"

Dear Congressman Kelly,

This will serve to respectfully request that your office intervene in the matter of my Social Security Disability Benefits re-application, which was first handled by your office approximately one year ago, after an e-mail request sent to then caseworker Brandy Burnette, following an online re-application.

You will please take notice that the records in this matter clearly reflect that a series of contacts with FBU Naples Office followed your initial inquiries on my behalf and that, at that time, it was well-established that I had been fighting for reinstatement of my Social Security Disability Benefits, in one way or another, since 2009, when they were first abusively terminated over a failure to fly to Mississippi from Romania (where I was residing), instead of making a reasonable accommodation to have any required examination or examinations conducted in Romania (which is precisely what we have done this time around).

You will also note that I made a similar re-application, in person, at a Social Security Office in Tupelo, Mississippi in December of 2012, and that, at that time, as before, I was not allowed to take a physical or other examination in Romania (still my residence) when I was forced to return from Mississippi less than 2 weeks after I had re-applied in person.

After a lot of wrangling, your office, working through a Mr. Bryan Knouse in Baltimore, managed to get me scheduled for a series of examinations in Bucharest (well over 70 miles distant from my house in Romania, one-way)). I was told at the time that the Embassy would pay the expenses of the examinations themselves and that I would be provided a room in a hotel for one night, since I was being scheduled for examination of one type or another over a period of two (2) successive days.

I was also told that I would be reimbursed for expense incurred in travel, provided I gave someone a "bank account in Romania" min which I was told any reimbursement would be direct-deposited.

The hotel provided was made completely inaccessible since all possibility of vehicle parking was denied ( as explained in a separate e-mail). Accordingly, we cancelled the reservation in time to reimburse the government for the room. However, we were, thereafter, forced to return to my domicile and make another round trip the following day.

I felt it was only fair to ask that we be reimbursed for expenses, based on the GSA-table for Bucharest for two (2) separate days of travel and that is what was requested. A paste of the table was provided in an earlier email to the parties involved.

I have no bank account in Romania and, if the people at the Embassy understood the law (Foreign Asset Reporting Act), they would understand why that was the case. In any event, I provided my complete USA bank information in a timely way and reasonably expected PROMPT payment for two (2) days of meals and incidental expenses, like the law provides for.

I ALSO expected PROMPT payment of my SSA Disability Benefits claim, since the Orthopedic Surgeon I met with on the second day plainly indicated that I was disabled and backed that up with multiple x-rays.

To-date, I remain unpaid for either of the above and, in spite of many emails on these and related subjects, I seem to be ignored by those required to take action in these matters.

Congressman Kelly, I am not asking for anything that I am not legally entitled-to. By any math, the law says that benefits are payable for three (3) years PRIOR TO the date of application for benefits. Since It has been a year since I re-applied most recently, I am entitled to 4 years of "back-benefits" without any discussion or other, more extraordinary documentation. I would argue that I am owed for an ADDITIONAL period of three (3) years PRIOR TO 2012, since I made personal application in December 2012 AND, like in 2009, through no fault of my own, I was not permitted to complete the examinations in Romania, instead of Mississippi. This was the same problem I had in 2009 and it was the same type of abuse in 2012 that first resulted in my being removed from SSA Disability in 2009 in the first place.

The records clearly show that I was getting SSA Disability benefits from at least 2004. I have also been on OPM disability retirement, continuously, for a like period. The only difference is that SSA stopped paying me, abusively, but OPM kept on paying me in accordance with the law.

I am respectfully requesting that your office promptly get me paid for the two days of Meal and incidental expenses for examinations attended by me in Bucharest and I am also requesting that, since there is no reason at all to deny that I am and have been disabled, that I should be IMMEDIATELY placed on SSA Disability Monthly Benefits and that, as an absolute minimum, I am given "back benefits" ALL THE WAY BACK TO 2009 (3 YEARS PRIOR TO THE 2012 RE-APPLICATION) SINCE I DID NOT FAIL OR REFUSE TO ATTEND EXAMINATIONS, BUT WAS NOT REASONABLY ACCOMMODATED TO HAVE THEM DONE IN ROMANIA AS I WAS RECENTLY.

Thanking you, in advance, for your prompt attention to these matters, I remain, 

Respectfully,

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Now, Since It's Impossible To Deny My Disability, Y'all Need To Pay-Up Without Further Delay

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com

Jun 16 (5 days ago)
to FBU|FBUacsbucharestBryanSheliaKaren
To All Interested Parties,

This will serve to report to each of you that I met yesterday (15June2016) with Dr. Liviu Andrian, an Orthopedic Surgeon, who had been called-in by the Bio-Medica Clinic to perform an Orthopedic evaluation of me, documented by x-rays, in connection with my claim for Social Security Disability Benefits, which had been arranged by the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.

You may expect from him, in short order, his written, detailed report of my condition, which he related in the office to my wife and me as that of my being "disabled", within the meaning of Social Security's own definition. His e-mail address is liviuandrian@yahoo.com, with phone numbers of 021 599 2300 (fixed) and 0744 899 697 (mobile).

As it is only necessary to establish one (1) form of permanent disability in order to successfully support my claim, I submit that, upon receipt by you of this man's evaluation, then I should be considered "disabled" and, immediately thereafter, benefits awarded, including, but not limited to "back-benefits", which pre-date the most recent "re-application", online, in June of 2015, by, as a minimum, the legal limit of three (3) calendar years (making "back benefits" payable all the way to June of 2012, under this scenario.

I would further argue that I should be paid "back benefits" even further, based on the fact that I "re-applied" for benefits in December of 2012, in person, at the Social Security Office in Tupelo, Mississippi, and was, through no fault of my own, not permitted to have the required physical examination conducted in Romania (where I actually live) at the time.

I asked for and did not get an "accommodation" at the time in much the same way as I was previously denied the opportunity to see a doctor in Romania in 2009, when my disability benefits were terminated for failure to get on a plane at the time and fly to Mississippi when I could just as easily have seen a doctor then as I have just done now.

If we must, we will agree to disagree on the extent of "back benefits" which I am both legally and morally owed and I will reserve the right to appeal any part of your decision, including the "back benefits" award, with which I continue to take issue.

The bottom line, however, is that, by any math, I am now found to be disabled by at least one doctor hired by the Social Security Administration and I request and expect to be paid disability benefits very, very promptly.

In a related matter, as I pointed-out to each of you within the last 24 hours, I was unable to use the hotel room you got for me and I asked the Embassy to be refunded the money by the Hilton. I am now requesting to be reimbursed POV mileage for two round trips from my Romanian home of record (SEE: Bank data, below) to the Bio-Medica Clinic, where I was examined on two (2) successive days (June 14 and 15, 2016).

I do not know what the current G.S.A.  POV mileage rate is, but I am assuming that it is much the same as it would be in the United States. I also do not know, for certain, exactly how far it is from my home to and from the clinic. However, my trip odometer indicates a round trip, each day of approximately 200 kilometers. Two days of that is 400 kilometers. I am informed and I believe that a kilometer is about 6/10 of one mile. Accordingly, I am informed and I believe that you owe me "mileage reimbursement" for about 240 miles.

Please consult the per diem schedule for an update on the current reimbursement rate. My claim is for whatever you come up with for two round trips based on something we can all agree on like google maps.

I make no other per diem claims for either meals or other expenses. I simply ask you to transfer whatever my legal reimbursement for POV-use mileage may be to my account in the United States. This is also where I request that you deposit my Social Security Disability Benefits, including "back benefits"

My U.S. bank account information follows:

Monday, 6 June 2016

Why This SSA Disability Evaluation Is REALLY Important

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com

7:34 AM (12 hours ago)
to FBUacsbucharestBryanSheliaKarenjmillspaul.robertsSallie_Wilkers.tomtomlevidiotis
To All Interested Parties,

As most ofyou already know, I have been scheduled for two (2) days of examinations, both physical and mental, at an Embassy-approved site in Bucharest, Romania, for on or about 14 and 15 June 2016.

I plan to attend these evaluations and I fully expect to be found PHYSICALLY disabled based on two bad shoulders, hearing loss, and other PHYSICAL conditions which do not lend themselves to complete resolution through most conventional treatment methods.

The question comes down to whether or not I am to be found "PSYCHOLOGICALLY" disabled, as the U.S. District Court has found, based on alleged multiple "expert" evaluations, performed by employees of the U.S. Department of Justice.

My argument is that "a disability is a disability" and that I should end-up being approved for SSA Disability, REGARDLESS. However, I also feel that I am NOT PSYCHOLOGICALLY disabled in the manner found by Judge Mills. He says I am "Incompetent", within the meaning of 18 USC Section 4241-4247. In finding me as such, he has permanently disabled me from a legal stand-point.

It is my view that he (Judge Mills) did this for political reasons, as a favor to a fellow Judge in Mississippi (as I have more fully described, elsewhere), so that I would be denied a trial in front of a jury, which would have shed light on a murder in which he was involved in 1990. Since there is no statute of limitations on murder in Mississippi, it was necessary to shut me up in the way that he has. Otherwise, his friend and fellow Judge goes to jail, along with his brother.

If I am NOT found "psychologically disabled", within the meaning of the law and statutes of the United States, then I want my Federal Records "cleaned-up" and any criminal records relating in any way to this whole sorry episode EXPUNGED. I will never get those 27 months back, but the damage can still be mitigated.

Most of you can do nothing about the "expungement" part of this request. That is within the exclusive purview of Judge Mills. However, it is very important for all parties to fully understand just how much is riding on the psychological finding of the examainations scheduled for next week, as of this writing.

As the paste below reflects, I wrote to Judge Mills last October (2015) and put the problem to him, bluntly. I have pasted an except from it for all to see here.

If I am found "psychologically disabled", as Judge Mills says, then I am owed a LOT of money in back-benefits and Judge Mills is vindicated. 

It is my view that it is NOT the "expert" job of the Justice Department to do what the Social Security Administration is legally charged with doing on a daily basis.

If, on the other hand, you find that I am NOT "psychologically disabled", as Judge Mills maintains that I am, then I plan to use the Official finds of the SSA examination to document a complaint about Judge Mills to his colleagues at the 5th Circuit Court of appeals. I also plan to publish the text of any such finding on the web for all to see and to, hopefully, enlist the aid of others in getting this man impeached.

Do I have "an axe to grind"?  Yes, I do, but that does NOT make me either wrong or "incompetent".

I look forward to the examinations next week, and to your published results soon afterwards.

Thanking you all, in advance, for your attention and understanding, I am 

Respectfully,

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.





Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. <thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com>

10/27/15
to jmills, bcc: tom, bcc: tomlevidiotis, bcc: John, bcc: paul.roberts, bcc: felicia.adams, bcc: Sallie_Wilkers.
Dear Judge Mills,

It has been well more than 2 years since you dismissed the case against me based on your finding that I was allegedly "incompetent", "unrestoreable to competency" and "not a danger to the person or property of others", based on the "evidence", including allegedly "expert" witness testimony given by a variety of Psychiatrists and Psychologists employed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

You need to know that, based on your "findings" with respect to my mental state and, armed with printed copies of the various USDOJ reports upon which you seem to have relied in reaching your "findings" concerning me, I REAPPLIED to the Social Security Administration for REINSTATEMENT of my Social Security Disability Benefits, which had been previously interrupted in 2009, when I was required to visit a doctor in Mississippi instead of being offered an accommodation of seeing a doctor in Romania, to be proctored by a representative of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.

Had my benefits been reinstated as requested, based on the documentary evidence provided to the Tupelo Office at the time, I would have been given a back-benefits award which would have made me whole for the entire time since 2009 when I was abusively cut-off last time. Moreover, I would have continuously gotten benefits in addition to the OPM disability benefits, which I have continuously gotten since they were first awarded in early 2004.

I have recently reapplied yet again for reinstatement and, I am informed and I believe, based on statements made by the Federal Benefits Unit Rep in Naples Italy that I am looking at a reinstatement with back benefits all the way back to 2009 based on the documentation provided (the aforementioned exact, same USDOJ records created pursuant to your various Court orders in my case) and the fact that, twice now, since my release by you in 2012, I am being subjected to more abusively dilatory tactics  by the Disability Determination Unit of SSA in Tupelo.

I have complained to Congressman Trent Kelly of the 1st Congressional District for help and his staff has made several inquiries into this longstanding complaint.

I tell you all of this now in order to make something clear to you: You have agreed  and "found" that I am "mentally disabled" in 2011 and again in 2012 and used that as a basis to deny me my right to a jury trial, keep me in the "mental health gulag" from March 2011, through December 12, 2012, then throw me out into the street, 7,000 miles from where I was illegally arrested in the first place. In any case, you say I am disabled. On the other hand, you have a Federal Agency, who's job it is to actually determine "disability", which seems to have difficulty, looking at the EXACT, SAME "EVIDENCE" YOU USED, to find me "disabled"  and, thereby, legally entitled to the kind of Federal Disability Benefits that a person in my position would be entitled to, under the law, if I had actually been "disabled", within the meaning of the statutes.

I have to tell you (and you should already know this from your previous experiences with me), that, if I am NOT "disabled" at SSA based on the EXACT, SAME EVIDENCE you relied on to release me in 2012, then I am going to be forced to file ANOTHER PETITION WITH THE 5TH CIRCUIT IN NEW ORLEANS, explaining, again, how (if it turns out that I am not "mentally disabled" according to a Federal Agency on this very question) you violated my rights to due process (by denying me a jury trial or the right to represent myself based on your BS "finding" that I could not represent myself.

I would add here that you even, from the bench on December 12, 2012, observed that my civil rights had been violated, as a minimum, by the continued detention of me past the date of the August 2012 hearing, where 5th Circuit Case law plainly says I should have been released on the spot.

So, the way I see it, if you find that I am and was "disabled", mentally, then SSA in Tupelo should see things they way you do and REINSTATE MY BENEFITS, RETROACTIVELY TO 2009 and pay me accordingly. If you cannot bring yourself to make them see things your way, then I have to press my claim that I was not, in fact, "mentally disabled" and that you denied me of several of my civil rights. After all, SSA is a Federal Agency and they have a lot of practice at knowing who is "disabled" and who is not.

In short, it might be worth your while to discuss my situation with the Tupelo SSA Disability Determination Services folks and make sure that you are both on the same page with respect to my situation. One thing is certain, you cannot have it BOTH WAYS. I am either "disabled" or I am not. If I am "disabled", then I am owed a lot of money from SSA. If I am NOT "disabled", then I am owed other recompense, including things like criminal record expungement and travel expenses from the Court. If the former happens, then we are DONE. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

More Bullshit, Lies, and Abuse from the Social Security Administration and Their Handlers Outside the United States

Scrivo, Francesco - FSP Naples Francesco.Scrivo@ssa.gov

6:31 PM (14 hours ago)
to BucharestFBUmeBryanShelia
Dear Mr. Ketchum,

We understand your concerns and I will try to address all the issues raised.

In reference to the type of services offered overseas there are of course limitations, we try to offer the best possible customer service to all our clients but there are certain international rules and policies that we must abide by.  For instance there are no resident medical staff within any US Embassies and Consulates therefore we must rely on local practitioners to assist with any type of medical requests (OPM. Veterans, SSA and any other Federal paying agency we represent).  Also note that even though SSA fully reimburses the cost of the medical examinations, it will depend on the type of agreement with the medical facility if they charge the Embassy directly or the patient.

You were also inquiring about the possibility of undergoing your examination at the M-K Army base, once again that is not a viable option since access to Army, Navy or any military installation is strictly restricted to active duty members or military retiree and in any case we, Department of State, have no control or authority over Department of Defense rules and regulations.

Finally to respond to some of your technical questions, please note that your prior disability entitlement terminated 04/2009 due to medical improvement, since you have now filed a new application we need to look at a new period of disability not what you claimed in past applications and that is the reason why our SSA examiners are requesting additional medical evidence.  Back in 2009 when SSA informed you of your Disability termination, you were granted appeal rights as per current laws and regulations, since the time frame to appeal that decision is past due, even if SSA finds you Disabled, benefits would only be paid for the current period not from 2009.  Lastly, Disability benefits convert to Retirement benefits at Full Retirement Age (in your case 66 and 6 months, 05/2024).


In conclusion, let me assure you that we are all trying to assist you the best we can, and based on the above response, the only way we can expedite your case is for you to undergo the required medical examination.  We are also trying to see if it would be possible for us to charge the medical provider directly in order to alleviate you from the economic burden, but can’t promise we can, as I stated before it depends on the facility.  Please let us know when we can schedule the examination so that our colleagues in Bucharest can take the proper steps to schedule you appointments.

Thank you.


Operations Supervisor
Federal Benefits Unit, Naples, Italy
+39-081 5838286 (Office)




 Dear Mr. Knouse, Ms. Ryan, and Whomever This May Concern at both ACS in Bucharest and FBU Naples,

Just letting everyone know as follows:

I just a few minutes ago was contacted by a woman from the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest while I was on the street in a vehicle. Less than 30 minutes prior to that, when I checked my mail box (located just outside my home on the street here in Merei), I found a letter dated 13 May 2016 from the U.S. Embassy regarding this subject. By my math, it took the Romanian post office 12 days to get a letter to me from Bucharest, which, by the looks of it was opened by someone prior to it's delivery to me and then taped-up and delivered now.

As to the phone call from the Embassy, I was informed that the Embassy has NO RESIDENT MEDICAL STAFF and that The Embassy intended to schedule me for several (I take that to mean maybe 3) examinations, including, but not limited to a full physical examination, and a full "mental health" examination.

Having had BOTH many times in the past, I am not sure that these can be accomplished with the period of a single day. However, two (2) other aspects of this communication are important: 1. The lady said I will have to pay for the costs of these examinations out of my own pocket, up-front, and wait for reimbursement at some future time and 2. the examination(s), themselves, are to be conducted by a private company in Bucharest with (as far as I can tell) no ideas what Social Security expects in an examination, whether physical or mental.

Making me pay for any examinations, up-front, is an unreasonable financial burden, since I have nothing to live on other than my OPM monthly disability benefit.

I am also concerned about my health and safety for any such examinations which are not conducted by US personnel, on US government property in this country since it is now widely reported in the news media that products and procedures used in Romanian health facilities are not only not clean, but, in many cases, convey serious bacteriological agents and other pathogens for those who come to them for even routine medical care. Just two days ago, the head of one of the companies selling fraudulent cleaning products to hospitals committed suicide after a huge scandal.

I regard being subjected to unsafe conditions for a series of medical examinations to be an avoidable danger, which could be remedied easily by conducting said examinations at a US Embassy-controlled site, under the direct supervision of US medical and/or mental health professionals, such as those known to be employed by the US Public Health Service and others, known to be in the direct employ of the State Department in Romania.

As additional information, I would point-out that a full US medical staff and facility exists at the M-K air base, near Constanta. I would be available and amenable to having whatever examinations may be required of me by the Social Security Administration at a facility such as that and hereby request such an\reasonable accommodation.

The broad picture includes certain unchangeable other facts: 1. The three screws in my left shoulder remain and prevent most of the mobility in my left shoulder, 2. my right shoulder remains injured from an injury suffered in 2008 here in Romania, 3. I remain with high blood pressure problems, along with pronounced hearing loss on both ears, which evidenced itself recently in a US Federal medical facility in North Carolina as vertigo. These real and well-documented medical problems do not even touch the alleged mental health issues which led a Federal Judge to conclude in 2012 that I was "incompetent", within the meaning of 18 USC 4241. The latter led to my release from custody and a dismissal of whatever charges had been pending against me at the time. All of this is a public record.

Having said all the above, you will all appreciate it if I ask just what do you think had changed that would cause a medical professional think that I either am or might be "recovered" and/or otherwise "not 100% disabled" within the meaning of the law as it applies to Social Security Disability Benefits determination?

While I do not, by this email, refuse to attend any such examination(s) at a private facility as was first proposed on the phone less than an hour ago, I would feel a lot better about my health and safety if I could be examined by US doctors as I was both when I first applied in 2003 and when I reapplied in 2012 for reinstatement of my Social Security Disability benefits, when they had been wrongfully terminated in 2009 after asking for an examination not at all unlike what we are discussing in the instant case.

When it is all said and done, I am still owed back-benefits all the way back to the date in 2009, when I was not examined here in Romania when I offered to be (through the office of Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran) in response to a demand that I return to Mississippi for an examination when all parties knew that I was in Romania and that such a "demand" was, on the face of it, unreasonable.

I have already done what was asked of me, when it was asked. Of course, I am NOT refusing to do it again, if actually necessary. But, I think reasonable people might see it my way and think that this process has, up to now, been both abusive, unreasonable, and altogether uncalled-for. I think most people would say, "just put the guy back on his benefits like you already agreed to last time and leave the guy alone after that".

On November 25, 2019 (just three and a half years from now) I will be 62. By then both SSA and OPM will convert my retirement from disability retirement to regular retirement. Therefore, whatever you subject me to now, in the way of "examinations", should, in all likelihood be the very last ones I will ever require to satisfy the US government of my condition.

Thank you all, in advance, for your consideration, understanding, and otherwise, prompt, correct action in this matter.

Respectfully,


Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.

While this response is specifically directed to "Francesco Scrivo", I invite Bryan Knouse, Shiela Ryan and Karen Sullivan to jump in at any time and help this person understand the history of this particular case..

Mr. Scriva,

While I thank you for the promptness of your response, I take exception to your assertion that my termination of benefits in 2009 was the result of "medical improvement", along with some of your other claims about my case.

This is a gross misrepresentation of the truth, and the paper trail (and email trail) which preceded the decision to terminate those benefits in 2009 clearly shows that the Social Security Office in Tupelo, Mississippi said, on paper (and in emails, copies of which have already been furnished to your office and many others involved in this continuing saga), that failure to attend the examination in Mississippi was the reason for termination of benefits - not something else.

I still have the letters that say this, so, like I said, you have, as an absolute minimum, been misinformed. Further, if, as you say, I had "appeal rights", then I have to ask you how they apply to an unrepresented claimant who the courts have found to be "incompetent". Put another way, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mills said I was not able to represent myself or assist my own defense. Accordingly, "appeal rights" (if any) delivered to an unrepresented, incompetent claimant, have to be legally meaningless.

Clearly, the conditions existed prior to 2009 and continued afterwards. If I had "medical improvement" as you claim, then my OPM disability benefits would have been terminated as well. This is further substantiated by the fact that, after 27 months of wrongful Federal custody, during which I was medically and psychologically evaluated at least three (3) times, generating detailed reports which were furnished to US District Court Chief Judge Michael Mills for action. Again, EVERY REPORT documented my claims of, as a minimum, psychological disability, and each noted the additional physical handicaps I was existing under. The record also clearly shows that within days of my release from custody, I took all the documents to the Social Security Office in Tupelo and renewed my request for reinstatement of benefits back to 2009..something the law clearly allows (three years of back benefits based on documented, pre-existing disability). Accordingly, you are, again, in error when you say that any such benefits are, somehow, no going to include anything prior to this most recent attempt to get the Social Security Administration to treat my 2012 reapplication  with the legal respect to which it both was and is entitled, instead of acting to "diss" it by scheduling me, again, to attend a Mississippi examination when I was a legal permanent resident of Romania.

Obviously, since you say I have to pay for whatever you schedule from my own pocket, then I will need money to do that. I normally get my OPM disability benefit payment on or about the 1st of every calendar month. Accordingly, if you plan to schedule me for something that I must pay for myself, it is best for me for you to do it as soon as possible after I get paid, but not so much later that I will have already spent it all on the necessities of life.

Hopefully, this response will help you in dealing with timely and correctly processing my case.

Sincerely,

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.