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Social Security Q&A Part 13

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: How do I know if I’ve worked long enough to get Social Security disability benefits? Answer: To get Social Security disability benefits, you must meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act. And you must have worked long enough — and recently enough — under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits. The amount … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 13

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Social Security Q&A Part 12

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: What is the benefit amount a spouse may be entitled to receive? Answer: If you are eligible for both your own retirement benefit and for benefits as a spouse, we will always pay you benefits based on your record first. If your benefit as a spouse is higher than your retirement benefit, you will receive a combination … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 12

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Social Security Q&A Part 11

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I served in the military, and I’ll receive a military pension when I retire. Will that affect my Social Security benefits? Answer: You can get both Social Security retirement benefits and military retirement at the same time. Generally, we don’t reduce your Social Security benefits because of your military benefits. When you’re ready to apply for … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 11

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We Know What Matters – It’s You

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We named our blog Social Security Matters for a few reasons. Yes, we matter to millions of people. And the matters we write about—from policy changes to new programs—from online my Social Security features to popular baby names—are topics that affect you in one way or another. Our blogs provide a lot of information about our programs … Continue reading We Know What Matters – It’s You

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Monitoring Your Earnings Record Can Really Pay Off

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You work hard for your money. You’re saving and planning for a secure retirement. Now you need to make sure you’re going to get all the money you deserve. Regularly reviewing your Social Security earnings record can really pay off, especially when every dollar counts in retirement. If an employer did not properly report just one year … Continue reading Monitoring Your Earnings Record Can Really Pay Off

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Social Security is Here for People Like You

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist All kinds of people make up this great nation. Seniors, soldiers, individuals with disabilities, and newlyweds — they are the workers, civic leaders, social workers, and artistic creators of countless things and ideas that help us have better lives every day. All of our collective talents and passions create one of the most unique societies in the … Continue reading Social Security is Here for People Like You

You Need This Much Retirement Savings At Your Age And Income

Via Investors Business Daily By Paul Katzeff Are you saving enough for an affordable retirement? Knowing how much to save for retirement is a key question in planning. Yet many people don’t know how to figure out the right amount of retirement savings and don’t even try, even though knowing is important to their financial health. Read the full article. Continue reading You Need This Much Retirement Savings At Your Age And Income