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    SSI/SSDI = welfare?

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    I admit that I haven't read through any of the octuplet threads but in a couple posts it seemed that people were putting SSI/SSDI into the 'welfare' category. I am curious as to why or if I just read it wrong (which could be entirely the case since I was only reading very few posts)
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    I think it is a "type" of welfare..but not a "bad" type. Both my parents collect SSI for health reasons. But it is the government supporting you..so in her case, with the addition of food stamps..I can see why people thing of it as Welfare
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    SSI, Social Security Income to my understanding is *NOT* welfare, 3 of her 6 children are "Disabled". That is DISABILITY income.

    Food Stamps, "IS" a welfare. It is public food assistance to those that CANNOT provide for themselves.

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    I think that in most peoples' minds, public assistance = welfare. Whether it's right or wrong, it's just how a lot of people categorize it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    I think it is a "type" of welfare..but not a "bad" type. Both my parents collect SSI for health reasons. But it is the government supporting you..so in her case, with the addition of food stamps..I can see why people thing of it as Welfare
    So then all of the disability my husband gets (from the VA, SSDI and DFAS) are welfare? I don't think so, and I find that connotation kind of offensive. Even with the statement "not a bad type".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie119 View Post
    So then all of the disability my husband gets (from the VA, SSDI and DFAS) are welfare? I don't think so, and I find that connotation kind of offensive. Even with the statement "not a bad type".
    Which is why I was asking. I didn't want to jump to conclusions though so I figured I'd ask
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    I think that in most peoples' minds, public assistance = welfare. Whether it's right or wrong, it's just how a lot of people categorize it.
    depends on what people define as "public assistance" - welfare is supplemented extreme minimal income, but it is fact "assistance" as are foodstamps.

    disability income is not welfare and provided for completely different reasons. being disabled is not welfare to my understanding.

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    My cousin received a SSI checks for her children after their father / her husband died, until the kids reached the age of 18.

    It's a benefit you pay into from your earnings for your senior years and when you aren't around to receive it, your minor children get the money to help with the fact that their parent is dead and unable to provide income.

    It's not welfare.
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    depends on what people define as "public assistance" - welfare is supplemented extreme minimal income, but it is fact "assistance" as are foodstamps.

    disability income is not welfare and provided for completely different reasons. being disabled is not welfare to my understanding.

    Oh no, I know that. I wasn't meaning to say that any money from the government is welfare. I think disability and things of that nature are completely different. I just meant to say that many people lump it all into one category, and call it welfare, because they don't know / don't care about the difference.

    I hope I didn't upset anyone by wording things poorly -- I'm still waking up - trying to drink my coffee
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    SSD/SSI are not welfare in my mind.

    My sister collects SSD, she is seriously disabled and there is no way she could provide for herself.
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