Helping veterans and active duty military members

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our freedom. Social Security honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the respect they deserve. Social Security’s disability program is an important part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. For military members … Continue reading Helping veterans and active duty military members

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Worried about a missing pension or 401(k)? Here’s where you can get help

Via Detroit Free Press By Susan Tompor Randy Sigley, 63, who grew up in West Virginia, remembers that jobs were hard to come by in the mid-1970s so he headed to Ohio to work in a factory making concrete pipe. He got that job about a year out of high school and made sure to hold onto it at least 10 years because he always heard that he’d … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Worried about a missing pension or 401(k)? Here’s where you can get help

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): State to monitor underfunded Midland pension

Via Midland Daily News By John Kennett An underfunded pension plan has forced the City of Midland to take corrective action with the state. The City of Midland has three defined-benefit retirement plans. Two of those, the Retiree Health Care and Public Act 345, Fire Fighters and Police Officers Retirement Act, are in good shape according to state officials. But, the third, the Municipal Employees’ … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): State to monitor underfunded Midland pension

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Social Security Q&A Part 16

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Can I refuse to give my Social Security number to a private business? Answer: Yes, you can refuse to disclose your Social Security number, and you should be careful about giving out your number. But, be aware, the person requesting your number can refuse services if you don’t give it. Businesses, banks, schools, private agencies, etc., … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 16

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Seasonal Work Can Empower You

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Soon after school begins in the fall, many businesses begin advertising for seasonal workers. It’s a good way for people to make some extra income during the busy holiday season or ease back into working. The diversity of jobs appeals to many people. Each year, companies also hire for seasonal work-from-home positions. These jobs include: customer service, … Continue reading Seasonal Work Can Empower You

The Importance of Companionship

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator   As we age, we begin to fall away from daily interactions with others. Children grow up and move away, we retire, and we might not be able to keep up with our favorite hobbies like we used to. Communication with others keeps our minds focused and give us experiences that helps us stay emotionally versed. Changes with aging can be overwhelming and … Continue reading The Importance of Companionship