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

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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

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Need to Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card?

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you changing your name? If so, let Social Security know so we can update your information, send you a corrected card, and make sure you get the benefits you’ve earned. To change your name on your card, you must show us documents proving your legal name change and identity. If you are a U.S. citizen, you … Continue reading Need to Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card?

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Social Security Q&A Part 15

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question:  Will my disability benefits be reduced if I get workers’ compensation or other public disability benefits? Answer:  If you get either workers’ compensation or public disability benefit payments, we may reduce Social Security benefits for you and your family. Public disability benefit payments paid under a federal, state, or local government law may affect your Social Security … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 15

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Workers’ Compensation and Certain Disability Payments May Affect Your Social Security Benefits

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Many people working nowadays have more than one job, so it’s not uncommon for them to have several sources of income. Owning multiple small businesses, seasonal jobs, and the gig economy add to the mix — and complexity — of our modern day economy. It’s important to keep in mind that having multiple sources of income can … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation and Certain Disability Payments May Affect Your Social Security Benefits

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Social Security Q&A Part 14

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Is it true that ten thousand people are retiring each day? What is the best way for me to apply and avoid long lines in my Social Security office? Answer: Yes. The best way is to use our online retirement application at http://www.socialsecurity.gov. You can complete it in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy. … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 14