Social Security Programs Are As Diverse As Those We Serve

August 11, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: August 11, 2016

Large group of smiling people.From women and children, to the elderly and disabled, Social Security has you covered. Because we value and appreciate the differences that make up our nation, our programs are as diverse as those we serve. We’re with you throughout every stage of your life, and we’re always working to provide services that meet your changing needs.

Our programs serve as vital financial protection for millions of people. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn credits. These credits count toward retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.

A program everyone should be familiar with is Social Security’s retirement program. Whether you’re a young adult paying Social Security taxes for the first time or a retiree receiving benefits, this is a program that will affect you during and after your working years. You can learn more about your earnings and potential benefits by visiting

Social Security administers the largest disability program in the nation. A severe illness or injury robs a person of the ability to work and earn a living. Thankfully, Social Security disability benefits can provide a critical source of financial support during a time of need. For more on disability benefits, visit

When a family loses a wage earner, it can be both emotionally and financially devastating. However, Social Security can help secure a family’s financial future if a loved one dies with survivor benefits. The best thing you can do for your family is prepare as much as possible: get started at

Social Security’s programs are neutral regarding gender, age, race, and orientation — individuals with identical earnings histories and needs are treated the same in terms of benefits. We’re proud the diverse public we serve reflects the programs we offer. Visit today to see how we can serve you and secure your today and tomorrow.

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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  2. Herta L.

    Im trying to change my Address

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Herta, thank you for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to change your address. We hope this helps!

  3. Dinah

    working at age 71 receiving social security benefits
    how should I claim myself to receive the most benefit?

  4. Bernard K.

    I was told that I could receive a free cell phone if I was on social security and had snap benefits?
    If I can – I would like to keep my same phone #
    To many scams – I do not know whom to call.
    Thank You

  5. t r.

    how may i receive a free cell phone from social security?

    • Ann C.

      Hi. Thanks for your question. We do not provide cell phones. However, you may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include free meals, housekeeping help, transportation, or help with other problems. To get information about services in your area and find out if you qualify, you will need to contact your state or local social services or welfare office. We hope this helps!

  6. Jaiton B.

    My husband and I moved to Singapore where I was from in Aug 2015. He died on Aug 7 2018 in Singapore. The US Embassy was helpful with preparing his death certificate and advised me to apply for a widow’s benefits. I submitted an application with all the required documents to your office and also was interviewed viia phone by a caseworker. Got a letter this Feb that I was entitled but they will not pay me as I have been outside the US for more than 6 months.
    I have lived with my husband in Florida since we got married in 1994. I have got a green card which expired in 2017. We filed our taxes jointly. I have live in Florida for more than 20 years. I want a thorough explanation as to why I still need to complete a one month stay in the US to be eligible to receive the benefits? Thank you.

  7. Alba B.

    Hi, my name is Alba Benavides, I want to consult: why have I been withheld from paying my benefits for 3 months?… please for answer my question, doit in Spanish. Thankyou for answerme early.

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