Patriot Day 2015Posted September 11, 2015 by Premier Disability Services, LLC® Today, we celebrate Patriot Day, which is a national day of service and remembrance in honor of the victims who died during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This day also honors the brave men and women who dedicated themselves to the rescue attempts. Finally, this is a day to honor those individuals who worked tirelessly to repair the damage done both on a physical level and on an emotional level.
Our country should be particularly proud of how we banded together following the 9/11 attacks. Millions of Americans provided contributions both as private citizens and as members of governmental agencies. The Social Security Administration (SSA) in particular did everything they could to swiftly provide benefits for disabled workers injured in the attacks, or to the survivors of workers who were killed in the attacks. They immediately invoked special emergency procedures to ensure that survivor claims for the families of those killed in the attacks could be paid as soon as possible. In fact, SSA paid disability insurance benefits to 642 workers who were disabled in the attacks within three weeks of 9/11. They also provided survivors insurance benefits to 2,375 children and 853 surviving spouses of the deceased victims in the first three weeks following the attacks.
On behalf of Premier, I would like to encourage everyone reading this to take a moment to honor and remember those who lost their lives, became disabled, or risked their lives to help with the aftermath of 9/11. Even if it is just a brief moment of silence, it is important for everyone to reflect on this tragic day, and the resilience of our country in the days, months, and years following.
Sources: http://www.socialsecurityworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Social-Security-Works-for-the-Families-of-9-11-Victims.pdf; referencing Social Security Administration Press Office, “Social Security and September 11th: Five Years Later.” Social Security Administration. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/factsheets/Sept11Anniv-2006.htm
By: Thomas A. Klint of Premier Disability Services, LLC®