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Thankful for Services that Touch America

November 24, 2016 • By

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people gathering in the kitchenThanksgiving is a time to reflect and be grateful for the blessings we’ve had through the year.

Here are six of the services we, at Social Security, are most thankful for:

  1. Our Social Security Disability Insurance program — for sixty years, our disability program has provided benefits to workers with disabilities who paid into Social Security. When you can’t work due to a severe condition that is expected to last at least one year, or result in death, Social Security is there.
  2. my Social Security — there’s plenty you can do online, from a change of address to a Benefit Verification Letter, from an estimate 0f your future benefits to the start of your life as a retiree. You don’t have to leave your home, postpone the bonfire in the backyard, or change out of your jammies. Open your personal account today! It’s easy, convenient and secure.
  3. Our Compassionate Allowances — through this initiative we identify people whose medical conditions are so severe, they obviously meet our disability standards. It allows processing disability applications as quickly as possible instead of the usual process, which can take three to five months.
  4. Our Faces and Facts of Disability — we like to say that our Faces and Facts of Disability page is at the heart of what we do and who we are as an agency. On this page, we share the stories of people living with debilitating diseases and receiving Social Security benefits. You can get to know their faces and learn the facts.
  5. Online Replacement of Social Security Cards — when you lose your Social Security card, you don’t have to stand in line! Our new online version of the Application for a Replacement Social Security Card  makes it easy and stress free. It’s available in a growing number of areas, and more than 120,000 have replaced their cards through our new online system.
  6. Faster Disability Decisions for Veterans — our partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs allows us to expedite the processing of disability cases for America’s veterans. This process saves time and taxpayer’s money and allows for faster decisions.

These are just six of the many services we offer. When we say Social Security is here to secure today and tomorrow, we mean it. And that’s something to be grateful for!

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  1. Mary V.

    I need the Medicare health insurance card, with just the Medicare number.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Mary, check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to get a replacement Medicare card. We hope this helps!

  2. Matthew G.

    need replacement social security card

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Matthew. First, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing the Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card please visit our Social Security Number and Card page. Keep in mind all submitted documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency and must (unless otherwise indicated) have been issued within the last two years. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Once you’ve submitted all the needed documents, it can take up to 10 business days from the date we received the application to mail a replacement card. We hope this helps.


    it’s great to have this service. it was very helpful except i couldn’t use it to apply for a duplicate ss card for my minor child. i lost all of our ss cards in my billfold

  4. Kathleen D.

    It’s difficult to find a mailing address

  5. Helen L.

    whow can take your social security check because of a wage assignment

  6. Robbie

    It’s much easier to unntsreadd when you put it that way!

  7. Tony S.

    Signing Bonus HA-22-11-16

    California is recommended to reimburse $22 million that have already been taken from the rightful beneficiaries of signing bonuses from the 2000s under 18USC§246 and release Sgt. Toni Jaffe immune under Sec. 204(c) of the Social Security Act 42USC§404(c). 9,700 California Army National Guard soldiers and veterans have been ordered to repay +/-$15,000 in enlistment bonuses from the 2000s. Sgt. Toni Jaffe pleaded guilty to filing false claims for handing out more than $15 million in bonuses to ineligible soldiers and is serving a 30-month sentence. Eligibility was apparently limited to civil and intelligence officers, probably due to the hacking of the original documents, that was unlawfully retroactively interpreted to not cover grunts after 2010. To create the Naval Asylum promised in the Naval Hospital Act of Feb. 26, 1811 veterans commissioned the jury that initially tried US v. Thomas Fillebrown, Secretary of Commissioners of Navy Hospitals 32 US 28 7 Pet. 28 (1833) arrested, detained him, and tried him, in failing health, all the way to the Supreme Court, as cited by Justice Story in Minis v. US 40 U.S. 423 (1841) after the Retirement Home had been created in Washington DC, where Abraham Lincoln penned the Emancipation Proclamation two decades later. Signing bonuses are a respected form of hostile fire pay under 24USC§412. The overpayment decision is unlawful under the Sec. 204(a) of the Social Security Act 42USC§404(a) because the beneficiaries are faultless and the paymaster should be immune under Sec. 204(c) of the Social Security Act 42USC§404(c). The Social Security Administration is appalled. This message was transmitted to the Armed Forces Retirement Home Trust fund under 24USC§419. The State of California must recover from an electoral meltdown that took many lives since the Democratic Primaries and created many refugees. California’s $22 million is not immune under the XI Amendment to civil rights remedies under 42USC§2000d-7. Please restore “First Amendment Privacy Protection” to Internet searches of 42USC§2000aa.

  8. Tony S.

    Sanders, Tony J for Social Security Commissioner. Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2016 Hospitals & Asylums HA-6-6-16 http://www.title24uscode.org/ss1.htm

    Dear Mr. President: This is the first Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old Age Survivor Disability Trust Funds and Supplemental Security Income Program for summer solstice 2016 as amended for the fall equinox 2016. The 2017 Summer Solstice Instructions shall summarize the OASDI and SSI programs in one easy to understand table. This new edition supplements the United States Code under 1USC§202(c) and amends Annual Reports under Sec. 1161 of Title 11 of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)XI-B§1320c-10 to change the deadline for the Annual Report of the Social Security and Medicare Programs from April Fool’s day to the Summer Solstice. The SSA and CMS Actuaries published their 2016 reports with summary by the Treasury, one day late on June 22, 2106. The Acting Commissioner has not submitted a 2016 annual SSI report on the federally funded SSI program, SSI program growth rates were reported in the 2015 report to be actually nearly zero, although written as 1% . Public Law regarding Social Security since 1996 has been a crime. The Administration must redress three years without COLA 2009-2011 at $674 mo. SSI with a 6% COLA in 2017 to make up for the COLA the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 drank and ensure beneficiaries receive a 3% COLA every year thereafter. Medicare Part B Premium $104.90 in 2015, $121.80 in 2016 (16.1% growth) and $149.00 in 2017 (22.3% growth) is neoplastic, and the HHS budget and Health United States 2015 are unaccountably high. SMI premium increases must again be held harmless under Sec. 1840 of the Social Security Act 42USC§1395s – $104.90 2015 rates through 2016 and until CMS agrees to a 2.5% health annuity of $107.50 if the COLA is 3% or 5% $110.20 provided there is a 6% COLA in 2017. In 2016 employee 26USC§3101 and employer §3111 tax rates and deprivation of relief benefits 18USC§246 were hacked because the 2.37% DI tax rate is not legible on paystubs. The IRS and SSA Commissioners must agree in writing to a legible tax rate of 2.4% DI 10.0% OASI in 2017 and 2.2% DI 10.2% OASI in 2018 and thereafter and ensure the public that Actuary has learned how to calculate the OASDI tax rate right for once. The 2016 report was wrong regarding the precise allocation of the revenues from the DI and OASI trust funds in 2016, although he got the apportionment right for 2017 and thereafter, the 2.37% DI tax rate is not right because it is illegible on pay-stubs and it would be irresponsible to never make a withdrawal from the OASI Trust Fund without prematurely depleting the DI trust fund, and must be made right immediately. Actuarial propaganda about raising tax rates or reducing benefits must cease. The Actuary must account for the fact that the tax on the rich will end poverty in the United States by 2020. The United States is obligated to tax the rich under 26USC§7201 to pay child SSI to 16-24 million poor children in 2017 under 18USC§228(b). Passing the Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2016 in September 2016 would have left the winner of the Presidential election an estimated $20 billion federal budget surplus in FY 2017 but beginning January 1, 2017 is only capable of paying all 16-14 million poor children growing up in the United States in 2017 and ending poverty by 2020 – The Harmless Deal.

  9. Mike M.

    We need to have concern about the national benefits, such as Social Security retirement benefits long before we file for Social Security benefits. We have become largely a society that cares only when we are directly affected. If you are 50 and older, start planning for retirement and personal and government funding issues now; look into organizations such as AARP, to understand what they are doing to hold steadfast to these national benefits like Social Security benefits. I pray that the Social Security System does not become outsourced in the near future, lest we have another national catastrophe on our hands like the 2010-2011 Mortgage meltdown, the direct result of deregulated / unregulated policy policy pressure from the private sector to lend to higher risks at a higher interest rate. We cannot risk catastrophe and total meltdown to the Social Security System like we saw in the mortgage meltdown.

  10. Mr W.

    I am grateful for SS , words cannot express my feelings , after 40+ years in the plumbing trade , as a contractor I started getting sick and injured ! from my spinal damaged lumbers , to my now heart condition , I cannot do my trade as I did for so long. I miss the men and construction sites badly , but unsafe if I were to try and walk the jobs, SS saved my life with medical insurance and now good doctors to help fix me up ! thank you , to the men and women that work SOCIAL SECURITY ! you are all professionals and angels to me .

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for sharing Mr. Kessler! We value your opinion of us and look forward to many more years of serving you in the future.

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