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Social Security is there for those who served our country

Social Security's online retirement estimator can help you to make financial plans for your future. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
The men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces will have access to the benefits of Social Security throughout their lives. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

The men and women who served our country in the military can count on Social Security to be there for them throughout their lives.

Active duty military members earn credits toward Social Security retirement benefits. Wounded Warriors can receive expedited handling of their claims to receive disability benefits. We also provide survivor benefits for young children and spouses of veterans who have died.

You can learn more about how Social Security helps our veterans build a secure financial future for themselves and their families at www.socialsecurity.gov/people/veterans.

Our newest initiative, Journey to Success: Employment Tools for Veterans with Disabilities, is a five-part online guide that helps certain disabled veterans return to fulfilling employment in the American workforce. The guide highlights resources, such as career counseling, job training, employment services, and more.

You can access Journey to Success at www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/.

We know some veterans suffered injuries so severe they cannot return to their previous work. However, for those veterans who are interested in testing their ability to find and maintain gainful employment, these resources can help. We thank all members of our military and veterans for their service and sacrifice.

To learn more about our programs and benefits, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

Online estimates can help with retirement planning

Social Security encourages all Americans to take steps toward ensuring their financial security. Wherever you are in life — starting your first job, beginning a family, or getting ready to retire — it's never too late or too soon to start planning for the years ahead.

We're here to help, and we offer a suite of online tools you can use to plan for a secure future for you and your family. Your personalized Social Security Statement is among the many resources available to you through your online my Social Security account.

This important planning document allows you to:

• Verify your lifetime earnings history;

• Estimate the Social Security benefits you'll receive at retirement age;

• See if you qualify to receive disability benefits if you become gravely ill or injured; and

• Learn how your spouse and children may be provided for when you die.

You can open your own my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Another tool you can use to estimate your possible monthly benefit amount is our Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. It shows you how much you may be eligible to receive based on different scenarios, like different future earnings amounts and various retirement dates.

To learn more about your retirement benefits, you can read Your Retirement Benefit: How It's Figured and When to Start Receiving Retirement Benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/.

We also encourage you to review the other online benefit estimates available from Social Security, because responsible planning includes contingency plans.

To learn more about the important safety net Social Security provides if you become disabled or die, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/disability and www.socialsecurity.gov/survivors.

Social Security is with you through life's journey. Get to know us at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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