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Share the Gift of Security

December 5, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

woman and elderly man on laptopWe have all received gifts we’ve wanted to return: ugly socks or sweaters that look exactly like the one you got (or gave!) last year. Sometimes, just letting loved ones know that you’re there for them, no matter what, is the best gift of all. And you avoid the embarrassment of giving an awkward gift! Social Security is also there for you and your family — all year long.

For this holiday season, give your loved ones some peace of mind by introducing them to Social Security’s many programs. While creating new holiday memories, help your family members create a personal my Social Security account. It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long, with features that let you:

  • Get your Social Security Statement, to review:
    • Estimates of your future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.
    • Your earnings once a year to verify the amounts that we posted are correct.
    • The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.
  • Get a benefit verification letter stating that:
    • You never received Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare.
    • You received benefits in the past, but do not currently receive them. The letter will include the date your benefits stopped and how much you received that year.
    • You applied for benefits but haven’t received an answer yet.

Some of us might need extra help because of a disability. We’ve made it easy to apply for disability benefits.

Additionally, we have resources for family members in the military who have been injured while serving, or are now disabled veterans. They can find out about benefits they may be eligible for.

Your loved ones will also appreciate the gift of convenience! Social Security has many online services that can fit their diverse needs.

Receiving support and friendship often means more than material gifts. As you’re exchanging presents this holiday season, remember to also exchange some knowledge, and pass on the effectiveness of my Social Security and our online services. Your loved ones will appreciate it.

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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications


  1. Jesse S.

    If i get social security will i get a stimulus check

  2. Medias


  3. NINA G.

    I need to know if l can get extra help paying for my drugs through social security and medicare l need to know if l need to fill out an application online. My social security *** – ** – ***

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Nina. Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). Some people with limited resources and income also may be able to get Extra Help. This Extra Help will help pay for the costs, such as monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription copayments.

      You can apply for Extra Help online. To schedule an appointment or to apply for Extra Help over the phone, contact us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or contact your local Social Security office.

  4. NINA G.

    I need to know if l can get extra help paying for my drugs through social security and medicare l need to know if l need to fill out an application online

  5. Thomas W.

    My sister passed away in September 2016. SSA took back the money that she was paid in September 2016. I have been down to the SSA office four times and they tell me okay and a check will be coming to myself and mine bro
    Mary Ann Sperka passed away September 2016
    Thomas W. Sperka 219-310-8030
    Frank Sperka

    • Ray F.

      Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. You can request to speak with the manager to get an update to your “Claim For Amounts Due In The Case Of Deceased Beneficiary – Form SSA-1724” and to see how we can help expedite resolution of your situation.
      If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

      Form SSA-1724 | Claim For Amounts Due In The Case Of Deceased Beneficiary

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