By Andrew Hardwick
A hundred years ago, no one would leave the house without a hat. Hats were everywhere: top hats, cowboy hats, stovepipe hats, even pork pie hats. Women wore elaborate hats to church, matching them to their fashionable outfits. Today, people celebrate their favorite sports teams with ball caps. And, we celebrate National Hat Day on January 15.
Social Security wears many hats to provide you with world-class customer service and benefits. One of the hats is as the administrator of the nation’s Social Security disability insurance program, known as SSDI. This program provides critical support to some of our most vulnerable citizens—those with severe disabilities. You can start your disability application online from the convenience of home by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability. You will save time and money by avoiding a trip to a Social Security office. And, you can wear your favorite fedora while you do it.
And, hats off to Pie Day on January 23! Planning and applying for retirement is as easy as pie at www. socialsecurity.gov/retirement, where you’ll have quick and easy access to online financial planning tools like the Retirement Estimator. The Retirement Estimator lets you experiment with different earnings and retirement dates to make sure your slice of retirement is just right for you. Make sure you have your piece of the pie covered. Create your personal my Social Security account to view your Social Security Statement instantly and to learn about retirement benefits you can receive. Sign up for your account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
Wearing another hat, Social Security offers survivors benefits. Once you’ve registered for a my Social Security account, view your Social Security Statement to see the total survivors benefits your family may receive if something happens to you. Take the time now to make sure your family is provided for in the event of your death. You can get started at www.socialsecurity.gov/survivorplan. Now there’s a plan that’s fully baked!
Whether you are retiring, are disabled, or are a survivor, you can use the online benefits planners at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners to understand your Social Security protection better.
Like a good hat, Social Security has you covered