Monica Ochoa – SSA

Retiring Overseas? What You Need To Know About Getting SS Benefits Abroad

~ By Monica Ochoa, Social Security Administration ~ There are a number of people who choose to live their retirement years in places outside of the United States. Perhaps retirement in Thailand or Portugal is in your plans. Maybe you plan to split your year between Central Europe and Central Asia. In many cases, it’s […]

Men’s Health and Social Security

~ By Monica Ochoa , Public Affairs Specialist ~ This year, we observe National Men’s Health Week from June 13 to 19. It so happens that Father’s Day falls on the last day of Men’s Health Week, a perfect time for focusing on health education and awareness, disease prevention, and family.

Spring into a Stress-Free Retirement

~ By Monica Ochoa, Public Affairs Specialist ~ There’s nothing like saying “goodbye” to old man winter and “hello” to budding green leaves and fresh flowers. Spring is here! One way we welcome the season is by celebrating Stress Awareness Month. Recognizing the sources of stress is the best way to understand how you can […]

myRA and my Social Security can help secure your retirement

~ By Monica Ochoa, Public Affairs Specialist ~ Achieving financial security is an important part of enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. A great first step is to visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. With a my Social Security account, you’ll get immediate access to your personal Social Security […]

Filing Taxes Just Got (A Little Bit) Easier

~ By Monica Ochoa, Public Affairs Specialist ~ Now that it’s March, your annual tax filing deadline is fast approaching. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of the documents you need to file your federal income tax return is your Social Security Benefit Statement (Form SSA-1099/1042S).

Use Your Extra Day To Leap Into Retirement

~ By Monica Ochoa, Social Security Administration ~ It’s leap year and that means one thing — you can add one extra calendar day to your February schedule. Many people are preparing for the upcoming elections. Others might be getting a jump on spring cleaning. What will you do with your extra day?

The Twelve Sites of Social Security

~ By Monica Ochoa, Public Affairs Specialist ~ Familiar carols are a part of the season. This song is so popular that holiday revelers clamored for it again. It’s “The Twelve Sites of Social Security,” inspired by the popular traditional holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,”  a holiday favorite since 1780. For the first […]

Helping Veterans and Active Duty Military Members

By Monica Ochoa, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist ~ On Veterans Day, the nation honors the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. Social Security honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the respect they deserve. A vital part of that is administering the […]

Your Savory Recipe for Retirement

~ By Monica Ochoa, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist ~ The gravy is steaming next to the savory stuffing and sweet potatoes. There are four types of pie for dessert – pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, and pecan. Every family has its own unique Thanksgiving dinner traditions but, as we all know, a carefully followed recipe […]

Find Security With a Solid Retirement Plan

~ By Monica Ochoa ~ Achieving financial independence is key to enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. Prepare for a secure, comfortable retirement by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, open a secure my Social Security account and assess your financial needs. You’ll get immediate access to […]

From Typewriters to Megabytes – Social Security’s Evolution

~ By Monica Ochoa ~ The first typewriter to be commercially successful was invented on June 23, 1868. One hundred years later, Social Security still used the same technology to type Social Security cards, envelopes, forms, and applications. This system required thousands of employees to create, maintain, transmit, and file the folder for each current […]

Communicating Effectively for Your Benefit

~ By Monica Ochoa, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist ~ Good communication is about more than just promptly taking a customer’s phone call or directing them to a helpful website. It includes providing useful information in a clear and easy-to-understand way, in writing, on the web, and over the phone. June is National Effective Communications […]

Find Security with a Solid Retirement Plan

~ By Monica Ochoa, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist ~ Achieving financial independence is key to enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. Prepare for a secure, comfortable retirement by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, open a secure my Social Security account and assess your financial needs. […]

Give the Gift of Love this Mother’s Day

~ By Monica Ochoa ~ What do you plan to get for Mom this Mother’s Day? If she’s like most Americans, she probably feels time-constrained and the hours she spends with family and friends are precious. So, in addition to giving her flowers or a card, give her a gift she’ll really appreciate: the chance […]

Spring Into A Stress-Free Retirement

~ By Monica Ochoa, Public Affairs Specialist ~ April has arrived, and spring is here! As we say “goodbye” to winter weather hardships and “hello” to gardens budding with vibrant color, we welcome the season by celebrating Stress Awareness Month. Did you know that stress, also called the “silent killer,” could cause heart disease and […]