An effort to gather stories about the importance of Social Security in our society has resulted in a special video project and upcoming book. The Social Security Stories Project is seeking story submissions from the public, with a goal of receiving 1,000 stories by the end of July. The 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.

There currently are 10 stories featured in a new video that was showcased by the National Academy of Social Insurance in June at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and may be viewed on YouTube. The video uses photos submitted by the storytellers, 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 SocialSecurityStories.org. Stories also can be shared by calling 800-335-2082.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.