Who Are the 99 Percent? Story #20

I am 25, disabled and come from a middle class family.

I had a full ride to school and dropped out because I got sick.

Now I can’t get back into school after 4 years because I can’t get loans.

I am stuck on SSI and can’t get work.  I am the 99%

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One day it will all be funny how serious you are — smile.

 

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16 comments

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago

thanks

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

The 1% are nothing but looters in nicer suits. They went in to gut the country for gain and left the rest of America to clean up the mess that THEY made.

Michael MacDonald

Wow, that's terrible.
I hope this guy finds a way to get back into school soon

Bev E.
Bev E.4 years ago

This is so sad. A good reason for OWS to stay on. I have a disabled son. Cuts to SSI will definitely shorten his life.

lis Gunn
lis Gunn4 years ago

Right on, Glenn M. US corporations like many world wide, are shipping jobs off-shore where they pay sweat labour to manufacture products. The profits are neither invested in these third world countries nor in American infrastructure and jobs. (I hear there is to be a world-wide shortage of computer processors because Thailand where they are produced, is in flood).

Spread the word and keep up your courage.

Gloria Morotti
Gloria Morotti4 years ago

Whoever thinks its easy to for the handicapped to get assistance, financial or otherwise, is fooling himself.

Portland Neola
P. L. Neola4 years ago

Continued:

One of my college friends lived in the dormitories all during her education and received the Pell Grant every semester. She saved most of her work study income and got a few small school loans to pay for what the Pell Grant did not cover every semester. She now works as a child advocate and is employed with a nonprofit organization that deals with child abuse.

Portland Neola
P. L. Neola4 years ago

It appears that the victim in OWS Story #20 is—and might always be—oppressed in our American society. I do not know much about why one cannot get school loans.

If this gentleman is collecting SSI, then, should not he being eligible for Pell Grants?

GOD, WHAT AM I THINKING!!!! He is disabled. He is eligible for his state’s Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) Program or Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

If I am correct, he just has to provide proof of his disability in medical documentations, proof of his illness that caused him to drop out of school, proof of his prior education and his transcripts, and a compassionate BVR or Vocational Rehabilitation Representative who supports him.

If by chance, he lost this kind of funding when he got sick and dropped out, then, should not he be allowed to have a second chance now that he is older and healthier?

Now, if he lives on his own or in a group home or with roommates, then, he is eligible for the Pell Grant. Some universities are equipped for adult students and single parent students by providing apartment units on the campus for these types of students.

One of my college friends lived in the dormitories all during her education and received the Pell Grant every semester. She saved most of her work study income and got a few small school loans to pay for what the Pell Grant did not cover every semester. She now works as a child advocate and is employed with a nonprofit organizatio

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

Handicapped people are not even on the radar of the sociopath Republicans and their sociopath supporters.
Not even mentioned when they bash social security and welfare programs.

Pamela A.
Pamela A.4 years ago

As a country, we do not exhibit a nano shred of compassion. These thoughts surfaced last night while viewing a report about the 3rd generation of Vietnamese with incredibly horrific birth defects caused by Agent Orange. The US contaminated a country and its servicemen exposed to them with dioxins that cause genetic defects.

The Supreme Court ruled the companies who made Agent Orange were not responsible to compensate the Vietnamese - all they did was make a defoliant. Not one single penny has been extracted from those companies to aid the impacted Vietnamese. Monsanto is one of the companies that made Agent Orange.

Vietnam veterans had to fight to get for a smidgen of compensation for health related Agent Orange issues. Dioxins mutate genes and pass those mutations to futures offspring. Who knows how many offspring of Vietnam veterans are living with the impact of Agent Orange?

It would be an historical event when the military-industrial-congressional complex which spends billions upon billions killing, maiming and destroying the planet, consider assisting the disabled live lives that meet standards of quality. I sincerely hope we get there soon.

The link to the referenced program is:
http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/peopleandpower/2011/09/2011928111920665336.html