by Randy Downs
When I was 19-years-old, I lost my father. I never received Social Security survivor benefits because they said I was over 18-years-old. I am now almost 21-years-old and trying to put myself through community college; supporting myself by working a minimum wage job as a server in a restaurant in rural Missouri.
No one can really make it in today’s economy on $5.15 per hour. I can