By Demond A. Jackson

Social Security is a governmental operated program in which every working American citizen “‘must” pay into via an automatic amount being taken from ever working American’s check.
The goal of Social Security is to provide American’s with a mean to get financial assist if he or she has fallen victim to some form of physical or mental disability that hinders his/her ability to work to care for themselves.

When applying for Social Security one of the criterion is… applicants must explain what his or her disability, as well as provide some form of proof of said disability i.e, medical records and etc. Yet and still how and why and applicant has acquired their disability cannot be cause to deny an applicants application for benefits of Social Security.

That being said, there are those who would lead ex-felons to believe that they are not eligible for SSI benefits do to mental or physical disability they have acquired during their incarceration. This simply isn’t true and logically makes no sense.

For example if you have worked for 30 years of your, life paying into Social Security. Yet were imprisoned for whatever reason and during your incarceration acquired PTSD for whatever reason. Should you be ineligible for SSI? If an inmates while incarcerated acquires a work related injury while in prison and is diagnose to be paralyzed from the waist down is he or she ineligible for SSI, simply because their disability happen to take place while they were in the care of the Department of Correction?

The answer to those questions is no!

Ex-felons has a right to apply for SSI just like any other free American. Yet the hard truth is most of our governmental programs are not always set up to cater to those who pay into the services and those who are most in need of the assistance. Just look at the Veteran programs in which the men and women who fight for this country can’t get the medical and financial assistance they need after losing limbs and mental ability. Many Vets find themselves homeless do to the hurdles created by the authors of these governmental programs. Those who solicit entry into our arm forces with promises of how many benefits are available for those who join, often times fail to tell our troops “If you are injured by any means your going to have to wait and potential have to file numerous complicated forms, which maybe denied a few time before you actually receive the benefits your were promised and fought for.”

Simply put its the same for American’s who apply for SSI, regardless if your an ex-felon or not. The truth of the matter is anyone who wants to receive Social Security benefits better be prepared for a fight and quite a few hurdles that must be overcome. If you are not prepared to fight for what rightfully is yours best believe their are those who, refuse to just give you anything whether you’ve paid into your entire life. Look at the victims of the recent hurricanes ho have not yet received any govern assistance yet we have billions of tax payers dollars being allot to these programs. Yet those who need it most are still in waiting lines, hungry and homeless.

So for those who are creating website and story to discredit you right to apply and receive SSI, tell them why should are American’s paying into the SSI program and to show proof that it doesn’t apply to your disability. Regardless of how, when where and why you acquired it.

That being said, remember this “If you don’t stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.”

Demond Jackson
As you can see my name is Demond Andrae Jackson. My comrades and Love one's call me D-jay. I'm the co-founder of Convicted Soap Box, and the MENSTOP!/GIRL...STOP! re-entry programs. I consider myself a literary artist, be it poetry, editorials, composition, music or screenplays "My my power and words are my weapons..."
I'm the son of an African American queen, born and raised in Los Angeles California, where I was groomed in its infectious gang culture. For the past decade and half, the federal Bureau of Prison has been a institution of self-education, self-evaluation and the reason I now possess knowledge of self. That being so, I now strive to expose the solution to the problems that our plaguing our communities, America's youth and this country as a whole. There's a saying: "There's nothing new up under the sun." Simply put, if there's one thing in this universe existence, that has seen all thing that mankind has done or not done, it is the sun. That means the moral dissension that taking place currently is nothing new. Historian have written about times where the moral fabric of a nation was so tattered where the only solution for change was war a destruction. This country was built and establish to be the nation it is today. By the disenfranchised, those who were being oppressed by the Queen and her fellow Aristocrats. Therefore if this country is to change once again for the better. It will begin and must begin with the actions and the voice of the disenfranchised i.e, America's minorities, poor and it's third class citizen the American Ex-felon. That being said I'm committed to "WRITING MY WRONGS..." and sewing seed of knowledge and truth that will blossom into peace, prosperity and positive change

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