Survivors

Social Security Supports National Cancer Survivors Day

June 5, 2017 • By

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In 2017, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease. On June 4, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social […]

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The Importance of Social Security Survivors Benefits

May 31, 2017 • By

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Most people don’t like to think about death. We plan for life, for that day when we retire, for the places we’ll go and the things that we’ll do then. Unfortunately, death is a part of life we must prepare for. The death of a worker is devastating for the entire family, not only emotionally, […]

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Social Security Celebrates Black History Month

February 6, 2017 • By

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Throughout the month of February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over a century.

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On Patriot Day, We Remember

September 9, 2016 • By

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Social Security provides survivors and disability insurance for workers and their families. Through times of tragedy and despair, we’ve risen with the American spirit to provide support to those we serve. Like few other times in our history, was our agency’s presence needed more than after the terrorists’ attacks of September 11, 2001. Fifteen years have […]

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Working Together for the Common Good

April 18, 2016 • By

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Social Security emerged from the Great Depression to promote the economic security of our nation’s people. It provides security and peace of mind for America’s workers and their families. Social Security helps protect families against loss of income when the unexpected happens, such as a disability or the loss of a loved one. On May […]

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When Tragedy Occurs, Your Family Can Count on Us

April 11, 2016 • By

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Tragedy strikes without warning. For families who lose a wage earner, it can have a devastating financial impact in addition to the emotional one. Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin says that Social Security touches the lives of every American, often in times of tragedy and uncertainty. It’s true. Our programs go beyond retirement and disability benefits. […]

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Reporting Changes is Your Responsibility

December 10, 2015 • By

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 If you receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect your eligibility for disability, retirement, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. You must report any changes that may affect your benefits immediately, and no later than 10 days after the end of the month in which the […]

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We Observe Customer Service Week All Year

October 5, 2015 • By

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During Customer Service Week–10/4-10/9–we have the wonderful opportunity to highlight a top priority for us at the Social Security Administration. From our humble beginnings in 1935 when Franklin Roosevelt signed the original Social Security Act into law, customer service has been a part of our DNA. As much as Social Security has been a part […]

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Sukkot: A Time to Reflect on the Gifts that Many Do Not Have

October 1, 2015 • By

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This fall marks a special time for the Jewish people, and one of my own family’s favorite holidays of the year. At the end of September through the first week in October, Jewish communities around the world will celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, commemorating the forty years our ancestors wandered the desert without a home […]

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Celebrating Social Security and Building on Its Proven Success

September 3, 2015 • By

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Social Security has transformed the nation. Before its enactment, growing old was something to be feared.  People worked as long as they could, but when they grew old or became disabled, they invariably lost their jobs and had no choice but to move in with their children. If that was impossible, they literally went to […]

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