Make Sure That You Know About These 10 Essential Government Websites

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Small Business Administration (SBA) Along with all of the other business resources that the SBA provides, it also has a resource page for entrepreneurs over 50. An award winning web portal for accessing an incredible amount of information provided to the public by the United States government. You can search the site or explore government information and services by topic.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) This website provides a wealth of consumer information for your safety and health. The FDA covers food, drugs, medical devices, vaccines, radiation-emitting products and procedures, cosmetics and more. They also have detailed information about how to safely buy prescription drugs online and you can search the FDA's database of safe online pharmacies. If you or someone you know needs help paying for job training, education, healthcare, insurance or any number of things, use this website to find government benefits. Browse for benefits by state, category, or federal agency or fill out the benefit finder online questionnaire and get your results.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs If you or a loved one are a veteran, this is the website to start at for finding information on benefits, jobs, education, health services and more. Veterans, surviving spouses or their caregivers can find information on eligibility for pensions and funding for assisted living and in-home care. A good place to start when planning for emergency preparedness. This site has a section for seniors and information about planning for all types of special needs.

United States Postal Service (USPS) There are so many online services on this website that can save you time — order stamps, schedule a pickup, hold your mail, forward your mail, calculate prices, change your address, track a package, and print out passport forms.

National Institute on Aging This website provides a wide variety of research-based information and resources related to health and aging.

Social Security Administration (SSA) Go here for information and online tools to help you plan for retirement. You can sign up for an account so that you can view your social security statement on the web anytime. The SSA also has resources devoted to various segments of the population, including veterans and women.

National Archives You can go here to learn how to research your family history and you can search online historical and genealogy records. This is also the place to go to request veterans' service records.