Social Security stories sought

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

An effort to gather stories about the importance of Social Security in American society has resulted in a special video project and upcoming book. The Social Security Stories Project is seeking story submissions from the public, with a goal of receiving 1,000 stories by the end of July.

The stories will then be reviewed for possible inclusion in a new book to be published in honor of the 75th anniversary of Social Security on Aug. 14.

There are currently 10 stories featured in a new video that was showcased by the National Academy of Social Insurance on June 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The video can also be viewed on YouTube. The video uses photos submitted by the storytellers, as well as audio captured through a special toll-free number set up for the project.

Those who have received Social Security as well as those who know of a friend or family member whose life was affected are encouraged to submit their stories.

Online submission is easy and requires less than 400 words or a short video. Full details and a submission form are available at www.SocialSecurityStories.org. Stories can also be shared by calling 1-800-335-2082.

The Social Security Stories Project seeks to create a full picture of the importance of Social Security to celebrate and share with all U.S. citizens, and the world.

Stories featured in the video include:

* The story of a new dad that died a few days after his son was born. The son received his Social Security benefits, preventing a further tragedy for the family. "I am saddened that my grandson has to grow up without his daddy," says Angela Stockwell of Athens, Maine. "But I am grateful that a program which began 75 years ago still exists today to help struggling families deal financially with the loss of a loved one."

* The story of a dad struck by cancer suddenly, leaving his wife to care for their children alone. "The funeral director in our small town told my mom about benefits available from Social Security that would help her," says Evonne Zalewski of Greendale, Wis. " I remember my mom telling me how this will help so much and that we will not be poor or have to move. Having grown up during the Depression with only food stamps available was terrifying for my mom."

For more information, visit SocialSecurityStories.org.

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