I was the first generation of my family to go to college, thanks to Social Security Survivors benefits. I received a monthly check since age 6 when my mother died, and it helped to compensate for the loss of her earning power. My father, an alcoholic, raised me and fortunately managed to save my SS checks for some of my undergraduate tuition at a state college. I took out loans for the rest and, in 2003, received a Masters Degree in Public Health! I have worked in New Mexico for over 15 years in this field, in low-income communities of Latinos & Native Americans. Because the pay is very low out here, my 13 year old child has been able to stay healthy thanks to Medicaid. Thank you, USA! Our public programs for basic human needs are what gives me hope for our future, these days. We'll be a better nation when the super-rich pay their fair share again; people are the best investment, not Wall Street.Terry from Albuquerque, NM | Map
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