Online Services, SSI

Share the Gift of Security

December 5, 2016 • By

Last Updated: August 4, 2021

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

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  1. NaDean A.

    I keep posting my Social Security with no answer

  2. NaDean A.

    What is my Social Security

  3. NaDean A.

    How Much is my Social Security

  4. NaDean A.

    I would like to know how much my Social Security is

    • Jenna Y.

      Hi. Unfortunately, your question is a bit more complex than we can answer in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to information about your account in this venue. We do ask that members in our Blog community refer to their local office on specific questions about their case. If cannot reach your local office, you can also call 1-800-772-1213, M-F between 7 AM and 7PM and ask a representative to assist you. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week.

  5. Frances B.

    Can a survivor in a 20 year common law marriage receive survivor benefits if her benefit is much less than hers?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Frances. In cases where a common-law marriage may be involved, Social Security follows the state laws. To get survivors or spouses benefits you generally must live in a state that recognizes common-law marriage. Please check the laws in your state. For further assistance, 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. Thanks.

  6. steven v.

    I received my benefit verification letter after applying for social security and they said I was approved for a zero dollar monthly amount. What the heck does that mean? I am 62 so why can’t I get approved.?

  7. Patricia C.

    Thank you. Happy Holidays to you all

  8. linda m.

    I may have missed it because I don’t have a long period of time to be reading the comments, but why is the amount for women lower than both men and children?

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