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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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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

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Social Security Q&A Part 10

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Are Social Security numbers reassigned after a person dies? Answer: No. We do not reassign Social Security numbers. In all, we have assigned more than 460 million Social Security numbers. Each year we assign about 5.5 million new numbers. There are over one billion combinations of the nine-digit Social Security number. As a result, the current … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 10

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Social Security Honors the Nation’s Heroes on Memorial Day

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits. The loss … Continue reading Social Security Honors the Nation’s Heroes on Memorial Day

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Social Security Supports Veterans

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Supporting veterans and active duty members of the military is a key part of Social Security’s mission. Our disability program has helped countless wounded warriors and their loved ones. Every Veterans Day, the nation collectively honors the brave people who risk their lives to protect our country. For those who return home with injuries, Social Security is … Continue reading Social Security Supports Veterans

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Don’t Forget To Celebrate Memorial Day!

by Karen Flores, Hotline Attorney The last Monday in May is designated as Memorial Day, a federal holiday creating a three-day weekend which signifies the unofficial beginning of summer, a day off work and school, and most likely a huge sale at Art Van. More importantly, Memorial Day was established as a day to honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day … Continue reading Don’t Forget To Celebrate Memorial Day!