Social Security helped Beth Finke’s family survive the death of her father

From Social Security: What’s at Stake for Children, Youth, and Grandfamilies Native Chicagoan Beth Finke knows first-hand how Social Security can benefit children and their families. As the youngest in a family of seven children, she became a first-time Social Security recipient at three-years-old following the death of her father. At the time, four of …

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Social Security helped Congressman Paul Ryan when his father died unexpectedly

From Social Security: What’s at Stake for Children, Youth, and Grandfamilies On the day of Congressman Paul Ryan’s birth in 1970, President Richard Nixon unveiled a federal budget proposal that included a large increase in Social Security payments. As a teenager, Social Security would later play an important role in the personal life of Representative …

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Social Security helped Mary Thompson raise her family

From Social Security: What’s at Stake for Children, Youth, and Grandfamilies Although she has never married or had children of her own, Mary Thompson knew that she wanted to care for her two young nieces after her sister died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm in 2004. “I knew I wanted to raise Brianna and Brandy. …

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