Social Security Stories Project seeks public's personal experience

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By The Staff

The Social Security Stories Project is seeking stories from individuals about the importance and impact of Social Security in their lives, with a goal of receiving 1,000 stories by the end of July.

The submitted stories will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a new book to be published in honor of the 75th anniversary of Social Security on Aug. 14, 2010.

There are 10 stories featured in a new video that can be viewed on YouTube. The video uses photos submitted by the story tellers, as well as audio captured through a special toll-free number set up for the project.

Those who have received Social Security, as well as those who know of a friend or family member whose life was impacted, are encouraged to submit their stories.

Online submission is easy and requires less than 400 words or a short video. Full details and a submission form are available at www.SocialSecurityStories.org.

Stories can also be shared by calling 1-800-335-2082.

“We are hoping the younger generations will interview their parents and grandparents on the subject, which is why our website offers interview questions,” said Barbara Burt, executive director for the Frances Perkins Center, a nonprofit organization leading the project. Perkins, the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet, was U.S. Secretary of Labor for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Social Security Stories Project seeks to create a full picture of the importance of Social Security to celebrate and share with all U.S. citizens and the world.

 “We're inviting people across America to share examples of how Social Security made a meaningful difference in their life or the life of someone they know -- as it currently does for one in six Americans,” Burt said.