I applied in august of 2003.I can't remember how long it took to get my rejection letter, but I appealed and then hired a lawyer. My hearing was in May of 05 and I heard right away and received my check in August of 05. One of the things that I did that seemed to help was to get one of our state representatives involved. Once he followed up, things began to happen. Good luck!
I haven't been rejected yet. I've had my physical and mental evaluations. I'm 52 years old and I'm hoping that my age might help me get approved. I'm not holding my breath though. I've heard so much that you rarely get approved on the first application. I had an attorney do it the first time rather than wait for the appeal in the hopes that he knows how to frame the answers to the questions better than I do. Sure would be a great Christmas present to get approved!
Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to me. I really appreciate it.