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Understanding Your Social Security… Social Security Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Issue 35.17

We know the importance of “familia” in Hispanic culture, and we’re proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by helping build a secure future for you, your family, and your future family. You can learn more about how Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions […]

Understanding Your Social Security… Your Retirement Planning Starts With Social Security

Issue 34.17

Right now is the perfect time to start planning for a secure, comfortable retirement. And you can count on Social Security to help you begin the process. First, we encourage you to set up an online my Social Security account so you can verify your lifetime earnings record and make sure […]

Understanding Your Social Security… It’s More Convenient Than Ever To Apply For Social Security Benefits

Issue 33.17

You’ve worked hard your whole life, and receiving your Social Security benefits should be the icing on the cake at your retirement party. We’re working hard to make it as quick and seamless as possible for you to apply for benefits from Social Security. Simply visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyforbenefits<https://www.ssa.gov/forms/apply-for-benefits.html?utm_source=mip0817&utm_medium=online-media&utm_campaign=ocomm-mip-fy17&utm_content=its-more-convenient-than-ever-to-apply-for-social-security-benefits> to get started. Through […]

Understanding Your Social Security… Don’t Get Schooled, Get Smart About Social Security

Issue 32.17

Your summer job might be ending soon. You might even hold a part time job while you’re in school. You can easily jump to the head of the class and secure your future with a few simple steps. As a young worker, you’re in the best position for planning, investing, and […]

Understanding Your Social Security… Why It Pays To Keep A Careful Eye On Your Earnings Record

Issue 31.17

Whether you’re ready to retire, just joining the workforce, or somewhere in between, regularly reviewing your Social Security earnings record could make a big difference when it’s time to collect your retirement benefits. Just think, in some situations, if an employer did not properly report just one year of your work […]

Understanding Your Social Security… 10 Handy Ways to Use Social Security Online

Issue 30.17

Cotton swabs, aluminum foil, and www.socialsecurity.gov<https://www.ssa.gov?utm_source=mip0717&utm_medium=online-media&utm_content=10%20Handy%20Ways%20to%20Use%20Social%20Security%20Online&utm_campaign=ocomm-mip-fy17>; everyday items that are simple, easy to use, and serve multiple purposes. Cotton swabs can keep your ear and computer keyboard spotless. You can use aluminum foil for both baking and preserving food. And what about the many easy ways to use www.socialsecurity.gov<https://www.ssa.gov?utm_source=mip0717&utm_medium=online-media&utm_content=10%20Handy%20Ways%20to%20Use%20Social%20Security%20Online&utm_campaign=ocomm-mip-fy17>? We offer […]

Understanding Your Social Security… Can I Keep This Benefit Payment?

Issue 29.17

Social Security is with you through life’s journey, securing today and tomorrow for millions of people. We know that reliability and dependability are an important part of your financial security. We use the same throughout the month eligibility rules for the first month’s Social Security check through the last month’s check, […]

Understanding Your Social Security… How You Can Grow Your Social Security Benefits Beyond Retirement Age

Issue 28.17

For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life. Many people are choosing to work past the age of 65, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re willing and able, maintaining gainful employment later in life could […]

Understanding Your Social Security Column… Ticket to Work Puts People Back in the Driver’s Seat

Issue 27.17

Social Security encourages people to rejoin the workforce when they are able. Ticket to Work is our free and voluntary program that helps people get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other employment support services. This program is for people ages 18 to 64, who are receiving disability benefits, and need […]

Understanding Your Social Security… Social Security and Medicare are Lasting Sources of Independence

Issue 26.17

In July, communities everywhere celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks, family, and friends. A strong community also creates independence as we help each other recognize our full potential. Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years. And Medicare […]