The Ordeal of Raechel and Stephanie Schultz

Their Search for Recognized Identity

Since 9/11 the United States has undergone a number of changes.  Unfortunately, a great share of these changes has affected the everyday lives of its citizens.

One such example is the unusual case of Raechel Colleen and Stephanie Marie Schultz, two sisters who were born at home.  These two young women grew up in Eastern Kentucky where they did not attend public school.

In this Aug. 12, 2011 photo, Stephanie, left, and Raechel Schultz sit outside their home in London, Ky. The women have been unable to acquire social security numbers from the government and have filed a lawsuit to make it happen. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)...

When they contacted the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics to obtain birth certificates with the family Bible as the official document of their birth, it was deemed insufficient proof on which to issue birth certificates.  The young women sued.

In 2009 their case was heard before the Laurel County Circuit Judge John Mills.  He ordered DNA testing of the women to prove they were the children of American citizens.  I guess no one questioned the citizenship of their parents.

In 2010 they obtained their birth certificates after Judge Mills ordered the state to issue them.  Their state victory did not sit well with the Social Security Administration.

They were denied Social Security cards because “you have not given us documents we need to show U.S. Citizenship”.  The DNA results and the birth certificates were not sufficient according to this governmental agency.

A former distinct manager of the SSA, Robert Bruce with 31 years of work experience, said the whole affair was very suspicious, referring of course to Raechel Colleen and Stephanie Marie’s claims.  Of course, Mr. Bruce has a good point.  The whole story sounds suspicious, but because it sounds suspicious does not mean it is.

I guess Judge Mills’ legal opinion was not sufficient when he stated, “The Court has no reason to not believe the testimony and finds no reason to suggest the plaintiffs are seeking this relief for an illegal or immoral purpose.”

In fairness to the Social Security Administration they do require two documents in order to issue the card.  One document must prove citizenship and age. The second must prove identity.  A link to their website is below.

The young women have sued the Social Security Administration.  Perhaps a federal judge will grant their request for the cards sometime before they are old enough to apply for Social Security.

I have spent time in Eastern Kentucky.  Based on what I understand of the culture their stories fit very well into the hills and hollows of life somewhat separated from the 21st Century.

G. D. Williams       © 2011


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