It's taking 17 months to get a hearing on a Social Security disability claim in Tupelo. MS. In the neighboring state of Louisiana it's only taking 6 months to get a hearing Shreveport. Why? Oh, wait, I know, they're in different regions. Why does that matter? Oh, I know another reason. They had a hurricane in Louisiana. Katrina was almost nine years ago and Shreveport is well north of New Orleans. How can that possibly matter? Social Security has spent tens of millions of dollars equipping its hearing offices for video hearings but can't get one region to help another or overcome the effects of a hurricane after nine years? Why is this? For that matter, why is the wait time 8 months in Augusta, GA but 17 months in Miami? They're both in the same region. Why do these discrepancies continue? Why doesn't the agency get serious about this?