Celebrating the American Dream

On July 4th, we are celebrating much more than a day off from work and a chance to barbeque with friends and family, while watching fireworks shoot off into the night sky. It is a day to celebrate the many freedoms we are given as U.S. citizens since our independence in 1776. As Americans, under that Declaration of Independence, we proclaimed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In that pursuit, Americans can choose to succeed at whatever it is they put their minds to.

To many, the American Dream comes in the form of ownership and creating a legacy for the next generation through an education, a career, a home, a family, and retirement. Benefits.gov houses information and eligibility criteria on over 1,200 government programs that can help you and your family on the path to achieving those dreams. It is no coincidence that some our most popular website searches fall under those listed ideals:

Getting an Education

Many citizens start their young lives pursuing an education in order to contribute to society and pass on education later in life. If citizens consider a higher degree from a post-graduate college, they may want to weigh their financial options. Some of these need-based programs include applying for Federal Pell GrantsFederal Perkins Loans, and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Finding a Career

Securing a career or starting a business of your own are also ideals linked to the “Land of Opportunity.” Through a free enterprise system, it is often a citizen’s strong work ethic that leads to a promising career and prosperous life. CareerOneStop.org is an online tool that can help citizens in their search for a career or a new opportunity. If you are looking to start a business, you can visit the Small Business Administration (SBA) website to find out if you are eligible for a business loan.

Buying a Home

When considering your first home purchase, check out our previous article for a list of steps to help through the process. You can also visit Benefits.gov to view a list of housing programs for families with low income and in need of assistance, such as Rural Rental Assistance and the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Starting a Family

Passing on a family legacy with children of your own is the ideal way to impact and secure a lifestyle for the next generation. Making sure that your child receives the right education, nutrition, and care is important to their growth and to keeping the family unit on a promising path forward.


As citizens approach the end of their careers, many hope to retire with financial dignity. In order to set yourself on the right path for a successful retirement, you must plan early. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides many resources to calculate and prepare for the best retirement plan for you and your family. You can also visit SSA Best to find out what Social Security benefits you may be eligible for.

Benefits.gov strives to uphold these ideals by ensuring that the benefit information you need is readily available. Benefits.gov encourages you to use the Benefit Finder questionnaire to help you identify what benefits you may be eligible to receive from over 1,200 different assistance programs.

You can also stay connected to Benefits.gov by subscribing to the quarterly Compass eNewsletter to receive benefit information, news and helpful tips straight to your inbox. We also have Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts that we encourage you to follow.

Please stay safe and enjoy your Fourth of July!

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