Mary S. Waynesboro, VA

When 80-hour weeks don’t pay off


Mary Santos lives is Waynesboro, Virginia. Mary is 68, and before getting hurt on the job, she was a truck driver working 60 to 80 hours and earning $800 a week.

Today, Mary lives off of Social Security. Her benefits provide her with about $700 a month, and she confesses that there are things she lives without that she longs to have, such as cable TV. The earnings she gets from disability and retirement benefits are a lifeline, even as they don’t even allow her to truly live with dignity.

When asked what would happen without her Social Security benefits, Mary says she would be on the streets with nothing at all.