Hispanic Heritage Month – Social Security Answers Your Most Popular Questions

October 5, 2017 • By

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family walking outside in the woods It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we celebrate the contributions and cultural richness of Hispanics in the U.S. Hispanics have influenced many facets of American life, from language to our cultural development. They play a crucial role in our country, and during this month of celebration, we want to turn the spotlight on the three most popular questions we get from our Spanish-speaking readers.

  1. How can I check my benefits? — The easiest and most convenient way to check your benefits or application status, or to make changes to your information is by opening your personal my Social Security account. A personal my Social Security account empowers you with access to the services you need from your preferred location. Open your personal my Social Security account today and learn all the things you can do with it. It’s easy, convenient, secure, and green.
  2. Can I receive widow’s benefits on my spouse’s record? — Widows and widowers may be eligible to receive monthly Social Security benefits on the record of a deceased worker as early as age 60 (or age 50 if disabled). In certain cases, we can pay benefits to a widow or widower at any age who is caring for a child under age 16. You can visit our website for more information.
  3. How do you protect my information? — Social Security continually evaluates and improves our robust cyber system to ensure your personal information is safe. In addition to your name and password, we use a second method to check the identification of my Social Security account holders when they register or sign in. This helps better protect your account from unauthorized use and potential identity fraud.

You may have other questions. The best place to find answers is by visiting our website – or if Spanish is your preferred language. Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana, Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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  1. John

    They are also somebody

  2. Peter

    What the H*** has any of this to do with Social Security?

    • Cat

      It should not, If you have paid into the system as a legal citizen nothing else should matter. I went to the SS office to help my brother when he became disabled and was socked at how many folks waiting were none english speaking, recently arrived immigrants and may were there looking for a handout. The purpose of SS has long pasted what it was intended for.

  3. Chris

    The comments are so sad and bigly pathetic on this blog today. A very clear picture of the division and hate that are consuming our already great country of a melting pot. Try reaching out with a smile and nice greeting to someone different than yourselves. Ya’ll try and get over yourselves and have a good day.

  4. AKA

    Notice how this topic went over like a lead balloon like many attempts by the government to be PC. Being PC is synonymous with being divisive. It is thought by some to be easier to control public thinking if the public is divided in it’s thinking. Read Lincoln’s, “A House Divided …”

  5. Gail

    Why not a National Caucasian month? After all we are the ones that pay a large portion of our checks to pay for illegals to get benifits.

    • Me

      Fake news becomes you

    • Joyce D.

      I second that

  6. Gail

    I want a National Polish Heritage month. Oh that’s right I am white so I don’t count. Have you ever wondered why Mexicans are counted as white when they are booked for a crime? Maybe to screw the stats??

    • Henry

      Mexican is a nationality, not a race and Yes , they are whites

  7. Lesly F.


  8. Edie

    AMEN TO THE FIRST REPLY. AND TO Tina they are just days. There will be a time and day, hopefully not iin my lifetime that there will be a caucasian day. BUT, the real question is why keep doing this. Black History Month, now Hispanic month. How will we EVER be united as just human beings and looking beyond the Color of one skin. When can we just see a person for a human being that you want to treat with kindness just as though the Lord was standing in front of you???

    • Donna

      Amen to that

      • sher

        Yes, Agree.

    • Cat


  9. Tina F.

    Well, the Irish get St. Patricks day, the French Bastille Day and German Oktoberfest. Finally, they’re all caucasian groups they get every month of the year, technically.

    • AKA

      Yep, the blacks and the Spanish get a whole month and everyone else a day or so. That’s the way it is in the PC world

    • Sherie S.

      A month is an average of 30 days, which is 720 hours. A day is 24 hours (St Patricks Day, German Oktoberfest, the French Bastille Day). Caucasians don’t “celebrate” every month of the year. EVERY group has the opportunity to put their best foot forward every day and every month of the year, because this is the USA. Appreciate it, go for it, quit complaining about it. If you don’t like it then choose another country that’s more suitable to your liking. Very simple.

      • sher

        It seems that some take advantage of the USA and tax payer money….All these days cost somebody something. Instead of always getting something isn’t it better to start giving instead of taking?

    • Ken, A.

      Yes, but those days are not a celebration of the contributions and cultural richness that have come from Caucasians over the last several hundred years. I think we should all be treated equally, instead of treating Caucasians like second class citizens.

      • Me

        Caucasian contributions..native genocide..I can see why you don’t celebrate an entire month

        • sher


  10. jb k.

    why not an Irish, German, French heritage month

    • sher


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