This young woman's story is accurate, the additional stories are, too. I spent my adult life in the military; retired, became homeless and managed to keep my head above water with food stamps. A good many people need to stop drinking the old false koolaide about welfare. There is no real safety net for the poor and newly trashed, that is a sad joke, public assistance never worked well to begin with, it was about keeping people poor, not lifting them out of it. (If you were receiving public assistance, got a job, turned it in to the case workers as directed, your employer found out you were receiving AFDC and promptly fired you because you didn't "need" a job you were recieving welfare. Stupid has gone on for years.) The wealthy are getting wealthier and the middle class and poor are defacto economic slaves, we are living in a service economy aren't we? Our elected officials are dependent upon reelection funding to keep their own personal welfare scheme (political office holding) going so the rest of us are screwed. So, we are watching a rerun of the "rise and fall of the Roman Empire" with modern technical variations, only on this side of the pond. The issue of slavery never stopped in this country, it has evolved.