Why I Serve

" "On Veterans Day, we remember the men and women who bravely fought for our country, while also reflecting on our active duty heroes who are still risking their lives.

I joined the military at age 17 —not because I was feeling patriotic, but because I was missing something in my life. I wanted a place to belong, to feel accepted, and to somehow live a life of purpose. I was young, idealistic, and maybe a little naïve. During my 24 years of service, I learned about sacrifice, commitment, respect, dignity, service to others before yourself, and pride in my country. Yes, I slowly, and perhaps unwittingly, evolved into a patriot committed to serving my country. Continue reading

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A Veterans Day Message From Social Security’s Commissioner

We live in the greatest Nation in the world.  We have many generations of veterans to thank for that.  I have the great fortune to have David Black—a 30 year Army veteran—as my Deputy Commissioner.  Working with David reminds me that selfless sacrifice and excellent leadership are often characteristics of veterans.  Thus, I am pleased that so many veterans decide to continue their service by coming to work at SSA.  Many of our employees have family members who are serving—we know you, too, make sacrifices and we thank you. Continue reading

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Once We Serve, We Always Serve

" "When I made the decision to enlist in the Army, I knew it was a lifetime commitment, whether I was in uniform or not. Once we serve, we always serve.

The esprit de corps of the military— integrity, fellowship, and loyalty — is resolute in the veteran community. The core elements — commitment to country, service to others, looking out for one another — are deep-seated. When I moved on with my career, the creed to serve manifested differently. For the last 25 years, I have served with the federal government, always with agencies that share that commitment, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Veterans Affairs, and Social Security. I try to reinforce my commitment in everything I do, especially as I champion veterans’ causes in my work in the Social Security disability program. Continue reading

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Five Ways Social Security Serves Our Veterans

who elderly men wearing hats hugging On Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who proudly serve our country. Social Security is committed to helping our veterans. One of our priorities is to constantly improve the quality of service we provide to them and their families.

Here are five Social Security benefits every veteran should know about: Continue reading

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