The stimulus actually did help me personally.
I was in Iraq for the Election 2008. Most of the money I made there was in the stock market at the behest of a financial planner. By October 2008, my assets had depreciated to 5% of their value on average. When I came home in January 2009, I had 1600 in the bank, and would receive two more checks from the Army. One for accrued leave, and one for modest travel expenses.
For the first month, I was mostly adjusting to returning to civil life. It was very weird just to walk into a Walmart again. I can't really describe it. By February, I was actively looking for a job, and after two dozen applications in the later half of February, I started to realize just how bad the economy was.
I qualified for Unemployment due to my service. As my savings was getting to around 600, I decided that I needed to do so. Unemployment, and its subsequent extensions, kept me afloat until midfall of 2009. By Spring 2010, I returned to school with the help of my GI Bill. Then about a year later, I was able to get a few grants and some additional loans to also help me with school. I am not quite living the college experience (I don't party or anything crazy), but I can put petrol in my car, books on the shelf, and food in the fridge. I am pretty sure I would have been homeless by summer 2009 if it weren't for the expansion in unemployment benefits.
In addition, over the years (particularly in Fall 2009, as I did photography for a local insurance agent), I saw many of the infrastructure projects around my state. The American Reinvestment act really only was noticed at a local level, or when one got a job because of it.