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Users of website declare their independence

With Independence Day right around the corner, now is a good time to free yourself from the need to visit your local Social Security office.

Go to to take care of important matters. What will you find there? For starters, you will find just about anything you want to know about Social Security.

Save yourself a trip by applying for retirement benefits online. Get started with your application at Or first, estimate your benefits at

Have limited income and resources? Learn how to get extra help with the costs of Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage at

Read about qualifying and applying for disability benefits at Or qualify and apply for survivors benefits at

If you have Medicare coverage, you can get a replacement Medicare card by visiting Or learn all about direct deposit - how to set it up or change your account info - by visiting

You even can find fun facts such as a list of the most popular baby names at .

Social Security offers a list of online publications that will help save you time and effort. Take a look at to see a list. Most of the publications have been translated into Spanish, and the most popular publications have been translated into 15 different languages. You can find the translations by visiting our Multilanguage Gateway at

Also at you'll find the answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions. You'll find answers to questions about Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and even Medicare. How do you get a Social Security card for your newborn? You can find out online. Want to know about benefits? It's there.

So declare your freedom from traffic jams and long waiting times. Save a trip to the office. Go to

Iris Geene is manager of the Social Security office in Prescott.

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