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Rob on the Road

Social Security Is a Plan for All Families

These benefits aren't only for the retired

Imagine you're a 33-year-old mother of one, with a baby on the way, who learns her husband has been killed in a workplace accident. Imagine you have no idea how you're going to feed your family. Now, imagine discovering a program that will help you support your children until they become adults — all because your husband had earned benefits to protect the family. That blessing is Social Security, and the family was mine. My dad died before I was born. My mother worked incredibly hard as a seamstress, but Social Security survivors benefits helped put clothes on our backs, food on the table and a roof over our heads. … Back to Article

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