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Back during the recession with George Bush Sr, my husband was out of work for almost a year due to the shipyards having no work. We had 3 children under 6 and ran out of unemployment. My husband took any work he could, but it wasn’t enough, so I went to see if we would qualify for food stamps. The first thing I was asked was if my husband was in the home. When I replied yes, they said he needed to leave immediately so they could give me food stamps that day. I replied, the he too was hungry but since he was a “man” he wasn’t important and needed to go. They would rather he abandon us so they could go after him for support than to help to keep the family together. I was also told that they would be putting a lien on our home so they can be sure they will be repaid, but if we moved into an apartment we would never have to repay the food stamps. I walked out in tears, feeling dirty because of the way I was treated, like a lazy, worthless person. I truly hope that the people that run the food stamp program now are more thoughtful, considerate, and realize that many men are doing all they can to support their families and are not worthless people that should not be helped.
posted 4 years, 1 month ago
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