- Posted July 1, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Losing unemployment benefits
Unemployment has seriousely affected my family and the proposed UI extensions are necessary
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
My name is Scott Duren and am a resident of Illinois where the unemployment rates have been high for quite some time. I am an educated college graduate with a family including 3 beautiful girls.
My wife has been disabled since 2005 due to the fact that she started having heart attacks at age 36 in addition to a rare neurological disorder called Trigeminal Neuralgia and I had just returned to work in Novemeber of 2009 after a long period of unemployment and searching for work. Unfortunately, in January of 2010 after only a few months on the job my youngest daughter Madison was hospitalized with Pneumonia for the second time in 13 months and subsequently diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. While my daughter was in the hospital and we were receiving this devastating diagnosis my employer decided to let me go. Due to the fact that I hadn't been on my job long enough, I was forced to go back on the UI extension program in place at that time. Now those weeks are about to expire.
We have been paying Cobra because my daughter needs special attention and is seen at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Between losing my job and having to pay Cobra we have depended on my unemployment benefits. I have been actively searching for work and every day I send out my resume to every available position that I am qualified for to no avail. The phone is just not ringing. The medical bills are piling up, and Congress is stalling to add any additional UI extensions that we the people desperately need.
It seems that Congress is now more concerened about the BP oil spill, immigration and foreign wars than the people in this country that are unemployed, losing their homes and medical benefits.
My story is just one of many. I can sympathize with the hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans who are losing their American Dream and I am asking that we urge Congress to do the right thing for the American people and help us get back on our feet instead of deeper and deeper in the hole.
Scott A. Duren