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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  1. tony

    The government uses the diversity BS to give someone less qualified than you a job even though you are more qualified.

    They admit less qualified people into colleges and universities.

    They are hiring less qualified police officers because of the diversity issue.

    Diversity as we all know means poorer service for the American people.

  2. Joe F.

    I’m on SSDI..I was approved for this in late 2009. Since 2009,In 2012 I’ve had an emergency bypass heart surgery, due to a home invasion, In 2015, I had non intrusive lower back surgery and 6 week after the surgery, I had a nasty fall leaving church and broke my right Lumbar in half. If I had not served in the Naval Air during Vietnam, I would not have had a clue of where the money would come from for these surgeries. I thank the Lord that I served my country during a “Critical Time.” The VA took care of all of these Huge Accidents and the Lord was there, guiding the Dr.s hand and giving them clear vision to perform these surgeries. All of the surgeries caused me to become more disabled. I would like to know if I should have sent these new debilitating surgeries to the Social Security. I also understand that taking Social Security early, one loses money for doing this. I did not ask to become Disabled and did not have a choice but to go on SSDI.Why and what was the % that was held back. I’ve been told 33%. Can anyone make this clear and how add if adding more of the Unwanted Disabilities should be sent to Social Security.

    • tony

      SSDI is not like the VA disability. Either you are 100%(disabled) or 0%(not disabled).

      Adding more conditions doesn’t get you any more money from Social Security.

      You got more money from the VA and now you want Social Security to give you more money too.

  3. Dale

    SUBJECT:More than one person should decide your fate!!!
    I worked all my adult life (-3yrs). Even with lots of documentation and letting the SSDI doctor about not being able to move my neck (4 levels) without pain and headaches; of course, there is much more than that! I was still denied, saying I was able to work? So much power in the hands of one person! i think they really don’t believe your disabled unless your in a wheelchair? Then you have to see one person to decide your life’s path (good or bad)!

    • John O.

      Any time you file an appeal someone else other than the person who denied your claim has to decide the appeal. Millions get disability and they are not confined to a wheel chair.

  4. Paula V.

    The Ticket to Work program is one of the very best Social Security programs and it is not even mentioned. Ticket to Work is a voluntary program that allow persons between ages of 18 – 64 who are currently receiving SSI or SSDI (not retirement) to try to return to work without loss of healthcare benefits or cash benefits. Why just last year My Employment Options alone helped over 500 disabled individuals return to work!! Lets get the word out about this fantastic program!!!

    • tony

      Career Source Florida, the company that the State of Florida privatized to for unemployment, job placement, and rehabilitation suck.

      Career Source denied me my unemployment. They didn’t help me with my job search and after waiting in line for an hour to get help, they told me to go to the computer. I could have save the trip and time doing it on my own computer. I didn’t even get help with my resume.

      The jobs they refer you to comes with a warning that it could be a scam.

      When you are reentering the work force with no transferable skills, education, or experience you can expect to make close to minimum wage. That is the only jobs Career Source Florida can find for you. I make more than that on SSDI.

      The Employment Networks uses the same job search engine as Career Source Florida with the bunch of crappy jobs.

    • tony

      Did you know that you can kick them off SSI/SSDI for working over SGA-level for more than 6 months. “Work Effort of Over 6 Months: Your SGA-level work lasting more than 6 months cannot be an UWA regardless of why it ended or was reduced to the non-SGA level.”

      If you kick them off before they complete their Trial Work Period(TWP), then they won’t be eligible for the Extended Period of Eligibility(EPE). EPE is only available for people who completed the 9 months TWP.

      • Lindan

        What you are quoting applies to people who have not yet been found eligible for disability…not to those who are already on it.

    • John O.

      Considering the millions on disability, having only 500 people return to work in a year can hardly be “fantastic”.

      • tony

        The 500 is from one Employment Network only. There are many more out there. “My Employment Options alone helped over 500 disabled individuals return to work.”

      • tony

        The State Rehabilitation and Employment Networks get about $20K for each individual they send back to work. Looking for jobs for disabled individuals, the Employment Network made $10 million for 500 people.

  5. tony

    You said, “Social Security’s programs are neutral regarding gender, age, race, and orientation. ”

    The Social Security disability program approves more Puerto Ricans at the ALJ hearing level. Puerto Rico has the highest approval rate at the hearing level way above the National average.

    The Social Security disability program also discriminate against people because of age. One year younger than 50 and the grid rules don’t apply to you. How can the SSA determine that the person is not disabled because they are one year younger?

    • John O.

      It involves the ability to perform substantial gainful activity. There has to be an age cutoff somewhere and as for being neutral, SS never was and is not intended to be neutral. Saying so is for consumption of those who feel “Life has to be fair”.

  6. charles k.

    please l want know the details about this programm

    • John O.

      Specifically which program? Contact SS at 800 872 1213 and ask for a pamphlet on the subject. that concerns you.

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  8. Dale M.

    If your not broke and living on the streets when you apply for disability, you will be by the time you are approved!

    • Tom

      Yes Sir!!

  9. Susan

    It is not just people living outside the USA, it is anyone without a cell phone or one that is text enabled. There is a free cell phone to those who qualify here in California and are in a poverty income level. I personally do not have a cell phone, as I do not feel the added expense is worth just being able to access SS. SS assumed that everyone had a cell phone without researching that incorrect information. I have a bank with these enhanced security features, but they have options as to which phone to send a code or you can call them. You still have to be able to receive a code however. I have been talking to my bank and they will ask if I can receive a code and I have to hang up to receive the code. SS needs to give options like this and actually research how many people on SS actually have cell phones and ones that are text enabled. You know the assume saying “makes and ass out of “u” and me.

  10. mikl

    your false statement : ”We’re with you throughout every stage of your life, and we’re always working to provide services that meet your changing needs”.

    BS. Why are all us retired (~8-million) living or traveling outside the US now are unable to access our SSA accounts. So much for ”providing services”. Thanks.

    • Susan

      I have a reduced benefit this year compared to last year and the reason is that the Medicare premiium price went up. I asked SS and that is the reason they gave for my reduced benefit.

      • Marti

        True, the Part B Premium was $104.90 and beginning Jan 2016 it became $121.80. Any new Beneficiary joining after Jan 2016 and any existing Beneficiary that pays by Quarterly Statement will be charged $121.80 for monthly Part B Premiums. You are not paying the full premium though, Federal Gov’t still subsidizes part of that premium.

        • Marti

          Also, if you are considered Low Income and Low Resources you might qualify for the Medicare Savings Program which would pay the Part B premium for you. Try contacting the CBS, Community Based Services Office in your community or call 1-800-Medicar and they will provide a contact phone number.

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