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My Experience with Social Security

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Editors Note: Firedoglake activists are sharing their stories about why the social safety net matters to them, and why we cannot afford benefit cuts of any kind. Read their testimonials and consider chipping in $5 to Firedoglake’s campaign to protect the social safety net. If you would like to participate in our series, please email ryan@shadowproof.wpengine.com for more information.

Ryan Cook from FDL wrote me: “If you want to share your story and write a blog post at Firedoglake.com about why social safety net benefits are important to you…” so here’s my testimony on the assistance that Social Security has provided me over the last decade.

I left the military due to a stroke in mid-2000. I was in VA Hospitals and supervised living quarters until early 2001. My right side still shows the effects of the stroke.

In theory, my Social Security money was only supposed to last until I got a job that I could pay all my bills with. In another era, I might have done just that, but in the days of G.W. Bush and Obama’s partial continuation of Bush’s policies, the money I’ve made from work over the past decade has never been enough to warrant cutting me off from Social Security payments. I make enough from the combination of VA and Social Security money to pay all of my major bills and when I’m working, I live in a tolerable fashion, that is, I don’t run out of money halfway through the month. Without Social Security? Ugh, I don’t like to even consider the possibility!

The assistance provided to my via social safety net programs allows me to live a reasonably normal life and to live in a decent place. I’d probably have done okay anyway during decades past, but in this era, we need those safety net programs more than ever.

Firedoglake is working to protect crucial social safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Donate $5 to help FDL continue this important campaign.

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My Experience with Social Security

Donate $5 to strengthen Firedoglake’s campaign to protect the social safety net.

 

Editors Note: Firedoglake activists are sharing their stories about why the social safety net matters to them, and why we cannot afford benefit cuts of any kind. Read their testimonials and consider chipping in $5 to Firedoglake’s campaign to protect the social safety net. If you would like to participate in our series, please email ryan@shadowproof.wpengine.com for more information.

Ryan Cook from FDL wrote me: “If you want to share your story and write a blog post at Firedoglake.com about why social safety net benefits are important to you…” so here’s my testimony on the assistance that Social Security has provided me over the last decade.

I left the military due to a stroke in mid-2000. I was in VA Hospitals and supervised living quarters until early 2001. My right side still shows the effects of the stroke.

In theory, my Social Security money was only supposed to last until I got a job that I could pay all my bills with. In another era, I might have done just that, but in the days of G.W. Bush and Obama’s partial continuation of Bush’s policies, the money I’ve made from work over the past decade has never been enough to warrant cutting me off from Social Security payments. I make enough from the combination of VA and Social Security money to pay all of my major bills and when I’m working, I live in a tolerable fashion, that is, I don’t run out of money halfway through the month. Without Social Security? Ugh, I don’t like to even consider the possibility!

The assistance provided to my via social safety net programs allows me to live a reasonably normal life and to live in a decent place. I’d probably have done okay anyway during decades past, but in this era, we need those safety net programs more than ever.

Firedoglake is working to protect crucial social safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Donate $5 to help FDL continue this important campaign.

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