Social Security turns 80

Social Security turns 80 By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The new law guaranteed a basic income for retirees and, at the time, the unemployed. Over the years, Social Security has expanded its safety net to provide benefits for retirees, people with disabilities and the chronically ill, and spouses and children of deceased workers. The agency has evolved to serve the needs of a changing America. Now, we’re celebrating this…

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One easy decision on “Make Up Your Mind Day”

One easy decision on “Make Up Your Mind Day” By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On December 31, the nation celebrates National Make Up Your Mind Day. The timing is perfect to coincide with those pesky New Year’s resolutions. Some decisions are big and you might need time to plan before you make up your mind. Other decisions are small, but they matter all the same. You might say to yourself, “Someday… I’ll dust behind the television. But getting back there is a pain and have you seen…

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Help Social Security help the homeless

Help Social Security help the homeless By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist December 21 is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless brings attention to and seeks compassion for the homeless who have died because they didn’t have a warm, safe place to sleep. Even as the recovery works its way through the entire economy, no one is immune to potentially being homeless. People in our community—colleagues…

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Being aware of fraud is your first step to avoiding it

  Being aware of fraud is your first step to avoiding it By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist When it comes to doing business with Social Security online, there is little to worry about—all of our online services are protected by strong Internet security protocols and you should have confidence that they are safe and secure. There are other ways identity thieves and criminals can obtain your personal information and cause you significant harm. Here are some tips to help keep that from happening. If someone contacts you…

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Someday is closer than you think

Someday is closer than you think By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist For many people, Someday is an elusive day on the far-off horizon—always close enough to see, but too distant to touch. Perhaps Someday you plan to go skydiving or enter a hot dog-eating contest. Maybe Someday you plan to ride a mechanical bull or travel around the world or visit all of America’s national parks. Someday, you may want to retire. If you are mid-career, Someday, you may need to start planning for retirement. Even if…

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If your child is disabled, Social Security can help

If your child is disabled, Social Security can help By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Cancer is a terrible disease that, although sometimes beatable, can strike a blow to anyone unfortunate enough to face it. It is especially difficult to see children struck by cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, designated to bring attention to the types of cancer that largely affect children. About 13,000 children under age 21 receive cancer diagnoses every year. About a quarter of them will not survive. Those who do will likely…

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Football and Social Security

Football and Social Security By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Good coaching and a great playbook can make all the difference in the world for a winning football team. Fail to create a sound game plan, and you’re likely to miss opportunities and fall behind. The same is true for retirement—except you call the plays, including when to retire and how much to save. If you walk onto the retirement field without a game plan, you may have to work longer than you had hoped. You certainly don’t…

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Helen Keller would have appreciated Social Security’s efforts

Helen Keller would have appreciated Social Security’s efforts By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist June 27 is Helen Keller Day, a commemorative holiday established by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 on her 100th birthday. The first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, Helen Keller was a world-famous speaker, author, and advocate for people with disabilities. She undoubtedly would have appreciated all that Social Security does for the disabled community and their families. Not only does Social Security provide disability benefits for people who…

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From Big Screen to Computer Screen

    By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for popcorn, snacks, and blockbuster movies on the silver screen. Have you noticed that many of the heroes in theaters this year seem to be of a certain age? In fact, some of them are old enough they could easily be getting Social Security retirement benefits even as they continue to work—saving the world or otherwise. These days, retirement isn’t what it used to be. Modern day retirees are more likely to be…

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Different Social Security Benefits for YourFamily’s Fifferent Situations

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security has your entire family in mind when it comes to coverage and benefits. We’re here to help everyone in the family— during every stage of life. Most people think of retirement benefits when they think about Social Security, and that certainly is a big part of what we do. In fact, most of the benefits we pay go to retirees and their families—about 41 million people, but Social Security is more than retirement. If you work and pay Social Security…

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