Losing a loved one is hard. It is additionally difficult when that person was the one who was providing for the family. Without him, family members begin to think that they had no one else to turn to for support, especially for emotional and financial support.
Luckily, this is not true. Social Security came up with a seamless solution. With the help of the Social Security Survivor Benefits Program, surviving family members would be able to get on their feet after the loss and start anew.
What is Survivor Benefits?
It is a program launched by the Social Security to aid surviving family members by providing them monthly pensions based on the contributions given by the deceased wage earner to Social Security.
How can a worker be eligible for Survivor Benefits?
By paying contributions to the Social Security, a worker earns credits that are transmitted to his Survivor Benefits. Generally, his eligibility is founded on the number of years he/she worked and how old he/she died.
Younger workers earn higher credits than older workers. Nevertheless, a worker who has rendered 10 years of service is automatically entitled to the Survivor Benefits.
Exception: If within three years before the worker’s death, he had worked for only a year and a half, his children and his spouse (who cared for his children) shall be entitled to survivor’s benefits. www.survivalkit.com/home-survival-kits.html
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
We’ve watched the international community endure one calamity after another. First, a devastating earthquake in Haiti. Now earthquakes in Japan and Chile. We’ve seen images of great suffering and heard stories of great faith and triumph. With each heart wrenching update, we wonder how we would cope if the places were switched. Could we endure the shock of having everything – and everyone – we loved gone in a matter of moments? Would we maintain hope and faith? Would we be generous to others?
Award-winning journalist Ben Sherwood, author of The Survivors Club, began asking these questions long before recent quakes crumbled the infrastructure of countries across the globe. After years of interviewing people who survived incredible catastrophes for human interest stories, he began to wonder: What enables these ordinary people to endure what most could not? Are there certain characteristics that set survivors apart from victims? And if so, can we learn how to become survivors?
Sherwood set out on a quest to find answers. He interviewed countless members of “the survivors club.” He met with Brian Udell, the only pilot to live through an emergency ejection from a jet going faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1) at sea level. He interviewed Stan Praimnath, the only survivor from the 81st floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower. He spoke with petite Anne Hjelle, a mountain biker who survived a vicious mountain lion attack on the trail. He interviewed survivors of shipwrecks, plane crashes, the Holocaust, and those who beat difficult medical diagnoses.