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April 18, 2016 • By

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Social Security emerged from the Great Depression to promote the economic security of our nation’s people. It provides security and peace of mind for America’s workers and their families. Social Security helps protect families against loss of income when the unexpected happens, such as a disability or the loss of a loved one.

On May 1 – 8, the Social Security Administration will celebrate a special week of action by joining forces with faith-based and community groups across the country to increase awareness about the agency’s programs and services. This year’s campaign theme is “Shining a Light on Your Lifetime Protections.” The goal is to increase knowledge about tools that could change lives for the better and set them on a sound financial course.

We invite you to participate in this effort.  You can learn about your current and future Social Security benefits by creating a free my Social Security account. Easy, convenient and secure, a personal my Social Security account is the best way to accomplish a multitude of Social Security tasks online. This special week is also an excellent opportunity to tell people about myRA, the exciting new starter retirement savings plan for earners without access to a retirement plan at work.  Visit the campaign website to learn how you can help spread the message about securing today and tomorrow.

We would like to thank faith and community groups for all they do to care for their neighbors and promote their well-being.  We look forward to continuing to work with you in the days ahead.

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  1. Evan

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  2. Mel

    SSA robs the poor and gives it to”you know who” ! Also, the gov’t. taxes the ss – our money a second time . What injustices ! We need a Republican Admin.; at least they won’t give the $ to the muslims.

  3. Linda L.

    I called SS last week got tossed to 4 different people then disconnected 2 times finally I got for them to return my Call did that 2 times! I wanted to find out why for March & April there was no check deposited in my account / gave my info 2 times then they hung up on me! What the Hell !! I ‘ m on a fixed income trying to hold my head above water & I ‘m also handicapped! Forget about everyone out of the U.S. Worry about us here. I live in Minnesota!!! I want English spoken to me! My dad passed in December & they S.S. Had
    No problem stopping his check he was 94 WW 2 Vet & was in great shape but his heart gave out! I ‘m the only child & my mom passed in 2000. So everything is on my shoulders! But others have no problems with their checks, I know many that shouldn’t even get a check forgery & dishonest information when completing the forms but oh yes they get $$$ no problem! Here I am still no check & all my information that I gave is true & honest, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!’nmbnnnnnnn

    was no SS

  4. Eddie D.

    If you need 1 credit, which I think is 1280$ to go over to SSDI, where you can get your Medicare, does anyone know anything about this, I’m on SSI, and need to be on Medicare, any information would be appreciated, Thanks…

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for your question Eddie. Credits are the “building blocks” we use to find out whether you have the minimum amount of covered work to qualify for each type of Social Security benefits. In the year 2016, you must earn $1,260 in covered earnings to get one Social Security or Medicare work credit and $5,040 to get the maximum four credits for the year. When it comes to qualifying for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI), you must be “currently insured” or have worked long enough–and recently enough—under Social Security. See Insured Status Requirements for more information. If you have specific questions about your situation, please call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thanks!

  5. C W.

    Seems like this is a post for people to carp at the SS programs. SSDI is the most abused system we have in Govt. Fakers and lazy people coming up with any illness no matter how non serious to try and bilk the system. I see it day in and day out. People in their 20’s and 30’s on Medicaid and disability for what? Depression? Nothing is more depressing than not being productive and useful. Have a problem being around people….SSDI, have a problem with your back(who doesn’t?) SSDI, drink too much, SSDI, good God folks if you are truly disabled with no hope of being productive then we should help. If it is a matter of just not feeling like working and let the stiffs that do, pay for everything then people should be ashamed. It should be there for truly, severely, disabled people not the lazy or who say they can not work because of pain. Pain is a part of life and gets worse as we age, but giving up and staying home to live off the Govt. is not the answer.

  6. Daniel C.

    I think it stinks that no COL increase will be paid this year. This is not an area to hold out on. Those of us that have paid into the program for so many years should get an increase EVERY year. Simply put, we NEED it! Let’s not forget we are “voters” as well. My SSDI should be protected.

  7. DON M.


    • John O.

      Social Security decisions are not influenced by government spending in other areas.

  8. Mary

    Can anyone help me….my husband spent his entire life in the USA.,from age 3 on. He was born in Mexico his dad was is citizen. Both his mom and dad received social security and Medicare. Now he is 65 wants to retire and is told he does not have a legal status. He has lived his whole life as a citizen. Voted, has a social security card, registered for the draft 1968, paid taxes, homeowner, no criminal record. Now they say he has no status. We keep providing documents but they say no…not good enough. Help…lawyers fees $5000 just to get a retainer. Ridicules!

    • John O.

      Contact your local Congressman.

    • Ray F.

      Hi Mary. Proof of age, citizenship, and in some cases legal immigration status is generally required to establish payment of Social Security benefits. Please continue working with our agents, as they may be able to assist your husband further to obtain the proper documents needed to file for benefits.

  9. Cynthia B.

    I have been begging for my SSID. I have been to court date after court date. I have a nerve disorder on my right side and take a lot of mediation that helps me have as good of a functioning life as I can have. Please let this HELP. Please

  10. Donald M.


    The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships needs to convene at
    least twenty-five to fifty of the largest inner city churches in America to meet at the White House prior to the 2016 Presidential Election this November. At least three grassroots advocate (s) with connections with churches, local government, and public schools should formal a panel that would address the anti-poverty concerns of parents who are members of neighborhood congregations that are having extreme difficulty in outreaching to the SSA and having to face obstacles of:
    1.) Work Incentive Initiatives; 2) Insufficient SSI/SSDI Monthly Payments; and (3) Failures of the SOAR Program for the Homeless.

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