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Millions celebrate anniversary of Social Security program

There have been many important programs established throughout history that greatly impact the everyday lives of Georgia residents. It is important to have an awareness of this history and of how individuals can use these programs when needed.

One of the most fundamental programs that has provided help to millions over the past several decades is the Social Security program. The Social Security program recently turned 80 years old, as it was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935.

While individuals are aware of Social Security's retirement benefits, less individuals may be familiar with

Social Security disability benefits for illness. The Social Security program was expanded in 1956 to include people with disabilities. Accordingly, individuals who develop physical or mental disabilities are eligible for benefits because of the loss of work that prevents them from earning an income.

The amount of benefits will vary depending on the individual, and may include such factors as the person's disability at issue and the person's work history. Typically, an individual's Social Security statement contains an estimated amount of monthly benefits the person would be entitled to upon becoming disabled. However, this is just an estimate, and the person first needs to meet the program's eligibility requirements in order to receive benefits.

There are also additional benefits that may apply in certain situations. For example, the family members of those with disabilities may be entitled to receive a monthly payment as well. Accordingly, it is important for individuals and their families to understand what benefits may be available and how to go about receiving those benefits.

Source: US News & World Report, "5 things you should know about Social Security," Emily Brandon, Aug. 10, 2015

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