VALERIE HARPER: I was born legally deaf and I wear cochlear implants to hear.
THURLOW HARPER: Those implants are expensive and we need Social Security Disability to cover the cost.
VALERIE HARPER: But confusing red tape threatened to take away my benefits and that would have taken away my hearing.
THURLOW HARPER: I happened to run into Susan Collins at the transfer station and I asked her for help.
VALERIE HARPER: Susan fought for me and my benefits were protected.
THURLOW HARPER: 18 months of frustration and within three weeks with Susan’s help it was solved.
VALERIE HARPER: Thank you, Susan, for fighting for me and my family.
COLLINS: I’m Susan Collins and I’ve approved this message.