A Veterans Day Message From Social Security’s Commissioner

November 8, 2019 • By

Last Updated: August 19, 2021

We live in the greatest Nation in the world. We have many generations of veterans to thank for that. I have the great fortune to have David Black—a 30 year Army veteran—as my Deputy Commissioner. Working with David reminds me that selfless sacrifice and excellent leadership are often characteristics of veterans. Thus, I am pleased that so many veterans decide to continue their service by coming to work at SSA. Many of our employees have family members who are serving—we know you, too, make sacrifices and we thank you.

As the world grows ever smaller, we are exposed to more information about how our country compares to others. For me, these comparisons call to mind our freedom. Our veteran employees and the veterans who come to our agency for help ensure that this liberty continues for us and work to ensure that people in other parts of the world may also experience it. Please thank these heroes and treat them well.

I love this country and I am eternally grateful to our veterans. Have a safe holiday.


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Commissioner of Social Security Administration (June 17, 2019 - July 9, 2021)




  2. Don M.

    I was hoping your message would be no tax on SSA for elderly and especially those that are veterans.

  3. R M.

    To all my brothers and sisters and their family’s, I hope to see you at the Veterans Day parade to honor those who have served and are serving today and tomorrow.
    God bless us all ??

  4. Thomas S.

    Mr. Andrew Saul

    As an Army Veteran of 20 years and Retired Civilian of 21.5 years, I just want to Thank You.

    Thomas Smetana

  5. Jay B.

    Thank you very much. That sure does beat being called Baby Killer!

    • R M.

      Try to forget about that and be proud that you served our country by giving so much.
      Thank You ??

  6. Richard M.

    Go to any Veterans Day parade and you will see the pain of war on many faces.
    Thank You all ??

  7. Richard M.

    “All gave some and some gave all” always reminds me that you don’t have to look far to find someone who is suffering in some way by serving our country.
    Thank you all! ??

    • STEPHEN B.

      I agree! Much of the suffering of those that have survived are due to the unfulfilled promises of the federal government! EX: Increased pharmeceutical costts for elderly retired veterans on fixed incomes due to tricare increases. The current cola does not keep up with inflation! Thatis why federal employees use the employment cost index for their inflation indicator for raises!

  8. Richard M.

    “All gave some and some gave all” always reminds me that you don’t have to look far to find someone who is suffering in some way by serving our country.
    Thank you all! ??

  9. Eddie C.

    Please review My social security retirement disability
    #ss ****

    • Luis A.

      Hi Eddie. For your security, we do not have access to your aunt’s personal information in this forum. For specific questions about your account, please call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), from Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. You may also contact your local Social Security office. Also, we ask the member of this Blog community not to post any personal information such as your name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, bank accounts, etc. We hope this helps.

  10. PAUL B.


    • R M.

      I salute you sir ??

      • Kayla F.

        So I myself do receive SSI but I do not know how to claim as a dependent my mom was in the military but has passed away from cancer but did receive an honorable discharge in Arizona I do not know alot about her military background but I’m sure SSI has all of it for when she had to receive for when she had to collect due to cancer ? How do I claim as a dependent ?

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