Social Security offers apology to loved ones

In the final months of his life, Darrin Nelson struggled to pay for his Charlotte apartment and groceries as he battled the effects of AIDS.

He had applied for Social Security disability benefits after he became too sick to work, but government assistance never arrived.

Officials ruled him eligible for cash assistance in February, nearly a month after he died.

Now the Social Security Administration is apologizing for not acting sooner and has promised to give the money Nelson deserved to his mother.