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Daniel I.

Why I need Disability Insurance

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I am 47-year-old, single father with nine children. I am a U.S. citizen, and I have been working in the United States, but for three years, I had a severe leg condition where I couldn’t stand, kneel, or bend. I had a job but I was dismissed because I was always sick and weak from the kind of work I had to do. I recently had surgery on my leg – I am recovering and not able to do much for myself.

It’s because of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) that I am able to put food on the table. Without it, I don’t know how I would survive. SSDI is very helpful to me and anyone else that qualifies. My opinion is that if the government doesn’t want to support it, it will be hard for me to support myself until I get healthier to be able to work again. We need our government and community to support us to help us continue. Even with my condition, I continue to contribute to the community I live in. In fact, I am an active leader, Chair of the Local Resident Council of Elmwood Gardens.

If my SSDI was cut 20%, I would not be able to support my family. Even getting $560.00 monthly does not help me enough to pay all my bills and to feed my family. But it helps for now.