Our Lifetime Commitment to You and Yours

December 13, 2018 • By

Last Updated: December 13, 2018

" "Social Security is here with information, tools, and benefits to help you secure today and tomorrow. Our journey together begins when you’re born and get your Social Security card. It continues when you get your first job and follows you through your entire career, marriage, and retirement. Our commitment is to be with you throughout life’s journey.

Our promise extends to surviving family members when a worker dies.

Some of the Social Security taxes you pay go toward survivors benefits for your family. In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for survivors benefits; these include widows and widowers, divorced widows and widowers, children, and dependent parents.

The amount of benefits your survivors receive depends on your lifetime earnings. The higher your earnings are, the higher their benefits will be. The value of your survivors benefit may be more than the value of your individual life insurance.

By making sure your earnings are posting correctly, you are passing down protections to your survivors, just as your parents did before you. You can do this by:

  • Creating a personal my Social Security account. Your my Social Security account is secure and gives you immediate access to your earnings records, Social Security benefit estimates, and a printable Social Security Statement.
  • Visiting our Benefits Planner for Survivors to help you better understand your and your family’s Social Security protection as you plan for your financial future.
  • Checking your Social Security Statement to see an estimate of survivors benefits we could pay your family. It also shows an estimate of your retirement and disability benefits and provides other important information.

For more information, please visit our website or read our publication Survivors Benefits. You can also help us spread the word by sharing this information with your family and friends.

See Comments

About the Author

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Lynn Broomfield, RN

    When is the time to get cost of living oncoming the new season.

  2. Eddie Goodman

    When will get my new card.

  3. Mary Coleman

    I need you to send me my letter to me like this to find out about the raise that we are getting

  4. JM

    It’s a lovely promise meant to be reassuring, no doubt, but we have all recently learned there are no guarantees. However, I do thank you for all your hard work on our behalf.

  5. Priscilla sharp

    When can I receive some or all my ss benefits?

  6. Irving H Martel

    Where is the office in Leesburg Florida? I need an address. Thank you.

  7. Dave Armstrong

    After retirement, how old do you need to be to work and receive wages without impacting your ss payment?

  8. KB

    If you are promising this, then come through. Do not let the current administration affect what we have worked our whole lives to earn. Shameful!

    • Tom

      A little civic lesson: the agencies are powerless to stop what the people you and others elect to office do. If you want the benefits you earn then make sure you vote wisely. Elections have consequences. Pay attention!

      • TWilson

        Tom is correct. When voting, make sure you know who you are voting for and their background…do you homework! Because if you don’t, we have criminals running our government and then WE ALL SUFFER.

  9. Gayle Anderson

    I have not got my Social Security card yet.

    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Gayle. We will mail your Social Security card as soon as we have all of the necessary information. Generally, you will get your card within 10-14 business days from the date your application is processed.

      To check on the status of your application, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or contact your local Social Security office.

  10. Mousielove

    If there is a Government shutdown, do banks still receive direct deposits of Social Security funds?

    • John J OMalia


      • Mousielove


    • John J OMalia

      Yes they do.

Comments are closed.