Social Security and September 11th: One Year Later
is America’s family protection plan. It is more than a retirement
program; it provides valuable survivors and disability protection
for workers and their families.
As a result of
September 11th, Social Security received 5,375 individual
benefit claims from 2,060 families. Most of the assistance
went to family members of those killed in the terrorist attacks.
However, Social Security also helped workers get disability
and retirement benefits.
Benefits: When a worker dies, certain surviving
family members may be eligible for benefits. Social Security
is currently paying monthly benefits to 2,376 surviving
children and 852 surviving spouses. In addition to monthly
benefits, one-time payments were made to 1,800 members of
Nearly $31 million
in benefits have been paid to people affected by the September
The first payments
to surviving family members (benefits for the month of September)
were paid on October 3, 2001.
As of August 2002,
Social Security is paying more than $2.9 million per month.
More than $30.8 million
has been paid from September 2001 through August 2002.
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