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    Posted June 18, 2014 by
    Austin, Texas
    Related to: The American Dream is out of reach
    So say nearly 6 in 10 people who responded to CNNMoney's American Dream Poll, conducted by ORC International. They feel the dream -- however they define it -- is out of reach.
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    My American Dream is …

    Continued Life of Service

    I turn 50 in one month and am really evaluating what My Dream really is. I have served my Country in the US Army, raised my children and now find myself helping an ill parent. I still work full time and have been hit really hard with the economic downturn our Nation has experienced in the last few years. I am really focused on living simply. I have a job and want to down size my home and my living. I want to build a home less than 1,000 sq ft., live within my means and race to retirement. In recent years I have lost two dads, 4 friends and don't see the need to add the stress... I want to continue to Volunteer with the Special Olympics. Continue to help returning Veterans and live a simple life of service. I believe we can all do something for our neighbors our country and our planet and I believe that by living simply and giving I will be able to do that.
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