I Corps, While surfing the board I came across your posts. I applied for SSDI in 2002 and was denied twice by the state agency that determines Social security disability. I appealed both times and lost however I hired an attorney the third time around and I was granted SSDI after first applying over 51/2 years ago. I want to encourage you to appeal your decisions if you have not done so and hire a local attorney that will work your case and represent you at the ALJ hearing. The attorney I hired received 25% or $5500.00 whichever came first. The retro active award went back to 2002 when I first applied and hiring an attorney was the best thing I did. I looked at this process as a full time job and as it turned out it was.