I grew up in poverty, with little help from the government. My mother struggled to put food on the table and my father refused to work sometimes. The walls of our house had mold inside and my mother is deathly allergic to mold. We couldn’t afford any kind of healthcare or even a clean house. My mother suffered constant migraines and seizures because of the mold and I also developed a stomach problem that has made me suffer my entire life. We could never afford to seek medical attention for anything.
Through out life my family has suffered through alot (including our house burning to the ground) with little help what-so-ever. I am now 20, but because of our family’s life misfortunes, I have no diploma and was never taught to drive.
I am very lucky to have met my wonderful husband, whom followed his life dream of becoming a soldier. We now live on government paid housing and healthcare. I am very fortunate to be where I am right now, even if we still struggle with money every now and again. I see my friends and family still struggling out in the civilian world and wish I could help them more. The government controls my life and i live moderately well because of them. But to be honest, if the government didn’t pay my electric and water, we would be in the 99%. In todays economy, even the military personnel can struggle.
I am now the 1%, but I know what it is to be the 99% and I stand with them.
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