I am a 100% disabled veteran. I live in nthing but pain 24 hours a day. I have worked all my life and worked my way up to a good salary and position. over 30 years ago, I started having back problems, the doctors weere suppose to take care of me, they did myelograms with a poison based dye, and surgery twice a couple of months apart. They never told me that I had a nerve disease of the spinal cord that they caused me to have, but would not tell me. I had pain constantly for about the next 3 or 4 years. But I finally went into remission, had some problems in between but worked all through it. It was awful. Then in 97 I got attacked, it brought the disease to a raging force and worked until I couldn't anymore. Then I had to apply for disabilty. I got it and that is wwhat I have lived on since. I am by myself. I do not get food stamps, never applied for them. I feel that I can get by without them. I have had so many people ask me why I don't get them, they say you are eligible. I tell them that there are so many children on this earth that need the food more than I do. I was about a 12 size until 97, all the medicine I was put on, I gained. I aalso have a paralyzed stomach, which even though I don't gain anymore weight, I stay the same, my stomach never seems to go down. I do not eat even three meals a day, because my stomach cannot process the food fast enough so I feel full and cannot eat any more for that day and sometimes into the next morning. I used to work at a Kroger, one of my jobs on the side while I was in remission. I know for a fact that some people on food stamps, get away with saying they have more people in their household than they actually have, because they can bring paperwork about their sisters children and a leter saying that they are living with them, because they cannot take care of their own. Then the other sister turns around and gets food stamps for the same people. One night I checked out this lady who you could get blinded by the gold she was wearing, and hadd 5 baskets of food that I checked out and she paid for on food stamps. Let alone feeding that amount of people, where could she have storeed it all. I think this is wrong, because the ones who really and truly could use the stamps and more than what they are getting, don't and the ones like this lady I mentioned, gets enough food to feed an army. Something is just not right with this picture. I think people need to be taught how to budget their food monies for the month, and that includes like the lady said above growing your vegetables. Not only is it more economical, healthy, but educational for your children, and a project for them to take care of after school. Everyone should have a chance at being able to get good nutrition, but everyone needs to be taught their part in achieving this. The government gives you the food stamps, but you have to do your part in knowing what to do with them and doing it the right way. I don't want to see or hear of anyone going hungry. It is not right that anybody in this country does. But I also have to say, this meaans if your are an American citizen, and not illegal aliens. We should not have to support them for a crime they are commiting. Even the people in prison who have committed crimes against society, get fed better than the citizens out in society that are trying their beest to make a good life for theemselves and that includes good food. Good food is not just supplying the body with nutrition and energy, it supplies the brain with being ablee to conceentrate, do good at what you are doing and be comfortable in doing it.
By MIcaela Watts, Josh Cannon, & Toby Sells
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