Celebrating Independence Day

July 3, 2019 • By

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Last Updated: July 16, 2021

" "July 4th brings family and friends together, as well as neighbors, to celebrate that we’re all part of a community. Everyone pitches in, combining their resources — great food, music, and displays — to lift our spirits.

Social Security has been helping people maintain their independence for over 80 years. In that time, we’ve made it even easier for you to access the programs and benefits you might need. Today, applying online is a fast way to get those crucial benefits.

Here are some of the benefits you can apply for:

  • Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits – You must be at least 61 years and 9 months old and want your benefits to start no more than four months in the future. Apply online.
  • Disability – You can apply online for disability benefits. Apply for Disability.
  • Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Costs – Some people need assistance with the cost of medications. Apply for Extra Help on our website.
  • Medicare – Medicare is a national health insurance program administered by the U.S. federal government that began in 1966. You should apply before your 65th.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – SSI is a federal income program funded by general tax revenues designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income. You may be able to apply online if you meet certain requirements. See if you can apply online for SSI.

Social Security provides benefits for millions of people, including retirees, wounded warriors,  children, and people with disabilities who cannot work. Find the help you or your family needs on our website.

We need you to let loved ones know about the ways we may provide benefits. By sharing our resources with friends and family, you can help create independence for them.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. metin2 h.

    Wow, its’a really blessed day. we al need independence.

  2. Independence D.

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  3. sam

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  4. licensenod32

    thank you
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  5. Eğitim S.

    It’s our nation’s Day of Freedom celebration! Need to write a “Happy Independence Day” message to your family and friends, colleagues, clients, bosses, or employees at the workplace and don’t know how best to go about doing it?  Go through this article to inspire your note or card’s wording, and remind your loved ones of the reason we celebrate this historic event every year.

  6. Mr T.

    My claim benefits of retirement on ssa income chang to be federal benefit center us embassy in Philippine,and claim to my account holding bangkok bank in Thailand!and my send form claim to federal benefit center in Philippine now!not to new York brand! My position official overseas in Thailand llc public affairs federal contract id R_1517

  7. Ralph t.

    I. Was. I’m the u.s. Army plus…I’m vietnam..nov66/dec67 I have….not. Been.. Made aware of all..the..facts. About…………… .social security…just. Want you. To know that….ralphie

    • Kendra C.

      Take your meds Ralphie.

  8. Jocelyn V.

    Thanks I will do so when time comes . As of now am actively working , no problem hopefully till it’s time to retire.

  9. Andree

    I wish we could EMPTY the White House and return to a Democracy versus the current renegade Autocracy/Authoritarian- run Government! Currently, depending on others to protect us from the self-serving occupants!

    • John J.

      Yep, a mob emptying the White House, that sounds like Democracy in action. Good thing we are a Republic and not a Democracy.

      • Charlotte A.

        Love you John, what a good reply. Some of these people are crazy. They can’t see what is right in front of their eyes, and would believe a left/D rabbit that came along, and said his spouse English….etc.

  10. Cleo w.

    I have been at your office and contrary of what people say I spoke to a very nice person who answered all my questions in a professional manner. This person makes you look good no only because of her knowledge but because I was treated with respect and understanding. Keep up the good work.

    • Ann C.

      Thank you, Cleo! Your thoughts are important to us and we’re pleased when feedback is positive. We try hard to provide the best possible service to our customers and your satisfaction is our reward.

    • karla

      great article i will follow all this

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