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Social Security's 3 Forgotten Benefits

Sunday - 5/12/2013, 3:10pm  ET

When most people think about Social Security, they focus on the benefits it gives to retirees. But Social Security provides a lot more than just retiree benefits, and the other programs it includes go a long way toward helping protect you and your family from financial hardships.

In the following video, Motley Fool investment-planning editor Lauren Kuczala talks with longtime Fool contributor and financial planner Dan Caplinger about the other benefits that Social Security offers. Dan discussed programs that help workers who suffer a disability that prevents them from working during their career, as well as supplemental income available to certain low-income individuals who are retired or disabled. Moreover, as Dan notes, the survivors' benefits program that often gives spouses of retirees valuable money can pay monthly checks to family members if someone dies before reaching retirement age. It makes sense to review your full benefits on your Social Security statement and understand what you're entitled to from Social Security.

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