Social Security Offers Special Services to Disaster Victims
Social Security understands how devastating and disorienting things can be when disaster strikes. That’s why
we offer expedited handling of Social Security services for disaster victims. When you and your clients contact
us under these circumstances, please let us know that you are a disaster victim.
Social Security will follow special Disaster Procedures in handling your Social Security service needs. You
and your clients can find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page at faq.ssa.gov.
Supporting Veterans and Their Families
The men and women who served our country in the military can count on Social Security to be there for them
throughout their lives. Let your clients know that active duty military members earn credits toward Social
Security retirement benefits. Wounded Warriors can receive expedited handling of their claims for disability
benefits. We also provide survivor benefits for young children and spouses of veterans who have died.
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 read more about
it at www.socialsecurity.gov/people/veterans.
Social Security Celebrates American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
Every November, we take the time to celebrate and appreciate the rich history, traditions, and diverse cultures
of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) across the nation.
This year’s theme for AIAN Heritage Month is “Respecting Tradition in Modern Times – Bridging Our Native &
Professional Cultures.” The theme reflects on connecting traditional Native American culture and modern America.
AIAN Heritage Month began as American Indian Day in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet
Nation, rode horseback from state to state to get endorsements from 24 state governments to have a day to
honor American Indians. In 1986 Congress passed Public Law 99-471, which authorized and requested the President
proclaim the week of November 23-30, 1986 as “American Indian Week.” In 1990, President George H.W. Bush
signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month.
The Social Security Administration is committed to enhancing the agency’s relationships with tribal communities.
You and your clients can learn more about how we serve American Indians and Alaska Natives at www.socialsecurity.gov/people/aian/.
Social Security Holiday Field Office Closings
Social Security would like to wish you happy holidays and season’s greetings from our family to yours! The
spirit of giving is at the heart of what we do — supporting those in need all year long. Should you need
to do business with us during the holiday season, we want you to know that will be closed on Christmas Day,
December 25, and New Year’s Day, January 1.
For a list of our secure and convenient online services, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.