Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 21, 2018 • By

Last Updated: August 19, 2021

a family riding bikes During the month of May, we observe Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the United States and celebrate the accomplishments of this community. Like our great nation, the AAPI community draws strength from family and the diversity of its distinct cultures — each with its own history and range of perspectives.

Social Security’s programs serve as vital financial protection for millions of Americans. If you’re retired, become disabled or die, your benefits may extend to help care for the immediate members of your family. Among the benefits we offer to help secure your family’s financial future:

  • Benefits for minor children – your unmarried children younger than age 18, or full-time students between 18 and 19 years old at a secondary or elementary school, may be able to get benefits under your Social Security record as long as they meet all the requirements for eligibility.
  • Benefits for your disabled adult children – benefits will continue at age 18 to a child who’s disabled. Childhood disability benefits are also payable after reaching age 18, if the disability began before age 22. Our publication, Benefits for Children, explains all we do to help care for children.
  • Benefits for your spouse – your spouse may be able to get spouse’s retirement benefits if they’re at least 62 years of age and you’re receiving retirement or disability benefits. A spouse may also receive the spouse’s benefit if they’re caring for your child who is also receiving benefits.
  • Survivor benefits – we don’t like to think about death, but we need to prepare for it. Social Security eases the financial burden on your loved ones after you die by providing monthly payments to eligible widows, widowers, children, and dependent parents.
  • Services in the language you speak – in addition to publications available in 17 languages, including Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, Social Security also provides free interpreter services to help you conduct business with us. These interpreter services are available by phone or in a Social Security office.

Our Benefits Planner website explains all the benefits Social Security has to offer you, your spouse, children, and other eligible members of your family. If you’re ready to retire, you can apply for benefits using our online application. Visit our Benefits Planner today!

Knowledge is the key to preparing for tomorrow. Our Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders page has a wealth of information. Visit today and learn more about how Social Security helps you secure today and tomorrow.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


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