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Begich Reveals New Report Highlighting Importance of Social Security for Veterans

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today highlighted a new report that shows America and Alaska’s veterans and their families rely heavily on Social Security and would suffer significant impacts if Social Security benefits are cut.

Begich was joined for a press conference this morning by Sen. Jon Tester (D – Mont.); a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Dabney Montgomery; and veterans groups from across the country.

The new report, Social Security: Serving Those Who Serve Our Nation, includes specific stories of veterans and families of veterans who rely on Social Security.

The report finds:

· More than one-third of Social Security recipients are veterans or veterans’ family members;

· Virtually all veterans will rely on Social Security at some point in their lives;

· Social Security currently pays benefits to more than nine million veterans nationwide, an estimated 77,000 of whom live in Alaska.

“Cutting vital social security benefits is not an option for Alaska,” said Begich. “We aren’t talking about summer homes and luxury vehicles. For many, Social Security is a primary source of income that puts food on the table, pays energy bills and helps make ends meet. Current talk about cutting social security benefits and destabilizing the economic security of our veterans undermines the sacrifices they have made for our nation. It’s a disservice our veterans don’t deserve.”

A copy of the report, Social Security: Serving Those Who Serve Our Nation, is available HERE.

Specific information about what Social Security means for Alaska is available HERE.

You can watch a video summary of the press conference HERE.

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