Introduce loved ones to Social Security’s many programs

Tribune News Service

Create a safe and secure my Social Security account at It’s the gift that keeps on giving, with features including:

Get your Social Security statement to review:

  • Estimates of your future retirement, disability and survivors benefits
  • Your earnings once a year to verify the amounts that we posted are correct
  • The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.

Get a benefit verification letter stating that:

  • You never received Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare
  • You received benefits in the past, but do not currently receive them. The letter will include the date your benefits stopped and how much you received that year; or
  • You applied for benefits but haven’t received an answer yet.

Some might need extra help because of a disability. It’s easy to apply for disability benefits at

Additionally, there are resources for those in the military who have been injured while serving, or are now disabled veterans. They can find out about benefits they may be eligible for at

Social Security has many online services that can fit diverse needs at

Pass on the effectiveness of my Social Security and our online services. Loved ones will appreciate it.

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213 or visit

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