I’m a deaf Father of two young boys, and my wife. We reside in Texas and I will get straight to the point here to say, Im Self-Sufficient and live on my Social Security benefits.
About a year ago, my benefit check was cut by a substantial amount. I have made several trips to my local Social Security office to inquire about the cut to my benefits. And they tell me that they realize the cut is a mistake but something they cannot fix from their system, and that it has to be fixed at the headquater in D.C. (the Payment Center).
While I have been waiting all this time, I got behind in some of my bills as I live on a fixed income and don’t go over my means…especially with a family. So, I been coming up short on some of the bills. Had to re-arrange my finances but past bills and late fees has already piled up on me.
So, I figured to take out small loans to make ends meet, and in hope that a decision (from Social Security) would be forthcoming in the while and have my benefits restored to the correct amount to get back on track.
But that decision never came, and is still pending after a full gotdamn year. And now, I have 3 loans debts Im struggling to pay, on top of past bills and late fees, too. Im badly treading waters getting my main bills paid (Rent with Mom/Truck and Ins/ Utility bill/ Phone/ Loans/ and buying time on past loans. And food? Just healthy sandwiches and soup meals for now.
It forced me to move my family in with my ole Mother (temporarily) and lost the “extra cash” from having my full benefit amount.
My ole tires on my truck is threading badly. Got no means to deal with that, now. I thank God it’s the Summer time to not do as much driving; taking my boys to school and back. But my situation looking dire.
I put in multiple applications for jobs that don’t require dealing with customers like Walmart, United Parcel Service (warehouse) and line of works like that. Nothing, though. Its hard, ya know? And when potential Employers see you’re deaf, sometimes they don’t understand that or think the accomodation is too much but I don’t need much. Put a job in front of me and tell me how you want it done and I’ll get it done. Simple as that.
So, Im sitting here praying for my family and praying for myself to have the courage to keep fighting this. Its hot like a living hell down here in Texas. And you out there looking for work and doing that as a deaf person and trying to get these People to respect you as an individual but nothing coming up. Im trying….what more can a Man do?
Look, Im not a Man to beg. I got pride. I got confidence in myself but I can’t control circumstances out of my control. And that’s what this shit is. Shit I didn’t do but done unto me. I don’t know why or who made that error to reduce my check but I know I am not at fault and did nothing wrong, and those people at the Social Security office all said it was an error on Social Security administration’ fault.
So it is what it is. And it’s because of my family I swallow my pride and turn to the American people for help.
I need $550.00 for two new tires. And $4,000 to flip my situation around. A total of $4,550 is what I’m asking for. Whatever contributions I can get, my wife and family would be grateful and appreciative. And as we have done in the past, we will help those in need just like we are in need. Thanks for taking time out to hear our story. Thank you.