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By Carmel Sullivan Social Security District Manager, Utica

Have you ever stopped to appreciate the many celebrations we enjoy in this country? For example, did you know that July is National Baked Beans Month? It’s also National Hot Dog Month. If beans and hot dogs are not on your diet, that’s OK — it’s also National Blueberry Month!

July also happens to be National Ice Cream Month — something almost as American as apple pie. (National Apple Pie Month was in May.)

As you’re marking your calendar to keep all of these festivities in mind, we want to make sure you’re aware that every month can be National Social Security Online Month!

As you’re taking all of these commemorative foods out on a picnic (July is also National Picnic Month), take your laptop or tablet with you so you can visit www.socialsecurity.gov. Whether you want to see what’s new at Social Security with our news section, find an answer to a question with our frequently asked questions section, or plan for your retirement with our Retirement Estimator or Benefits Planners, you can do it all easily at our website.

Make www.socialsecurity.gov a part of your recreation (July is National Recreation Month). Visit our History page to learn all about the history and early days of Social Security. Resting on a blanket under a tree is a fun way to spend a picnic, but if that begins to get boring (July is National Anti-Boredom Month), you’ll want to tune into some of our fun public service announcements featuring Patty Duke, George Takei, Chubby Checker, and Don Francisco at www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/psa-video.html.

If you’re feeling ambitious and ready to retire, you may even decide to apply online for benefits as you’re enjoying your baked beans and ice cream. You can apply easily in as little as 15 minutes. Patty Duke and George Takei will tell you all about it in the online videos.

If you go to our home page, you’ll find our most popular services listed on the left side. These include getting or replacing a Social Security card, applying for retirement or disability benefits, applying for Medicare, and getting Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. There is so much you can do at the website, you may celebrate National Social Security Online Month throughout the year.

RomeSentinel.com

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