Look Who’s Turning 80!

ACOSS Carolyn Colvin with the 80th Anniversary of Social Security seal

Not me.  Not yet!

I hope you have taken a moment to enjoy what Social Security Matters has to offer in the short time since its launch. Having another way to communicate with the American public is important to me.  This interactive experience offers great insight on what you think we are doing well and how you believe we can improve.

Today is very special — we are just 80 days away from Social Security’s 80th anniversary.  On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. Today, Social Security is much more than the retirement program started 80 years ago. We remain the safety net for so many who depend on us each day.

I am delighted to share that you can join our celebration by visiting our newly launched website. This site offers an inside peek into our history, who we are today, and what you can expect from us in the future. I hope you will visit the site often to keep abreast of the activities taking place to commemorate this significant milestone. There will even be daily quick facts so you can learn more about Social Security.

I am proud to lead such a great organization as we continue to provide you with compassionate and professional service. In looking to the future with great anticipation and innovation, I am inspired—still—by President Roosevelt’s vision to meet the ever-changing needs of the public each day.

Here’s to another 80 years of serving the public!

 

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21 thoughts on “Look Who’s Turning 80!

    • We would like to thank all of you for your good wishes during our 80th anniversary week. We appreciate your comments and feedback, and hope that you continue to use this blog to communicate with us. We work diligently to offer the best service possible to the public and continually strive to improve its quality.
      On Social Security Matters, our intent is to provide general information and educate our readers about the variety of programs that Social Security offers. We do not have access to personal records, but we will try to answer your general questions about Social Security and direct you to the appropriate resources.
      Thank you again for your support. We look forward to “building the future” with you.

  1. An interactive blog is a creative way to connect with the younger generation and to enhance service delivery in general. Way to go SSA! Feeling proud for the agency I work for. Thank you for your vision Commissioner Colvin! Looking forward to 2025.

  2. How do I get my hands on the little booklet that comes in the mail, giving you all the information on SSI, SSD, and Social Security in general. It basically gives you all the NEW UPDATES going on with Social Security,along with how much you earn, and how much you can earn if you are on SSI and you want to get a part time job. This book gives you your Social Security benefits earnings per annually for each year you worked! I think I said that right? If you understand my request, could you please answer me, and direct me in the right direction? Sincerely, MARILYN K. JASON

    • Marilyn, you can now access your Social Security Statement online at any time by creating a my Social Security account. With an account, you can review estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, your earnings record, and the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. Also, we recently resumed mailing Social Security Statements to workers ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 and older if they do not receive Social Security benefits or have a my Social Security account. Workers should receive their Statements in the mail about three months before their birthday.

  3. Social Security is a proud part of our nation’s history and future. It allows people to live with dignity in their retirement that may not have been able to do much financial planning otherwise. We need to remind people, though, that Social Security was always intended to be an income supplement, not a person’s sole source of income in retirement. Celebrate the importance of Social Security and save for retirement individually, too.

  4. I started drawing social security at age of 62…I am now 66 years old…I have been working for the last 4 years and plan to retire again on 6-26-2015…How will this affect the amount of social security I am drawing now? Do I need to do anything about this.?

    • Christine, when you first applied for Social Security benefits at age 62, we calculated your monthly benefit amount using your earnings up to the year before the year in which you became entitled to benefits. If you continued to work, we automatically reviewed your records each year, to see if additional earnings could increase your monthly benefits. If you stop working as planned, we will add your 2015 earnings to your record when your employer reports them to us, and we will again review your records to see if those earnings may increase your monthly benefit amount. You don’t have to do anything! Work can affect your retirement benefits only up to the year in which you reach full retirement age. If you were born January 2, 1943, through January 1, 1955, then your full retirement age for retirement benefits is 66. If you work and are full retirement age or older, you may keep all of your benefits, no matter how much you earn. For more information and examples of how this works, please see our publication How Work Affects Your Benefits.

    • We would like to thank all of you for your good wishes during our 80th anniversary week. We appreciate your comments and feedback, and hope that you continue to use this blog to communicate with us. We work diligently to offer the best service possible to the public and continually strive to improve its quality.
      On Social Security Matters, our intent is to provide general information and educate our readers about the variety of programs that Social Security offers. We do not have access to personal records, but we will try to answer your general questions about Social Security and direct you to the appropriate resources.
      Thank you again for your support. We look forward to “building the future” with you.

  5. Thank you for being there and making understanding the SSA process easy for me. I am disabled and don’t comprehend like I used to.

    Happy Birthday.

    • Thank you Denise! Your thoughts are important to us, and we’re pleased when feedback is positive. We look forward to many more years of serving you in the future! You can help participate in our 80th Anniversary celebration by sharing your story about how Social Security has made a difference in your life.

      • I had my Wages & Earnings Statement altered. I’ve tried to communicate this to SSA with no success. OIG has had my information for 13 years & has done nothing to correct this. 6-figure income for the last 10 years of working. Was paralyzed, but denied although SSA doctors had approved me. Fully paid into system..yet lost everything! Sorry I don’t feel much like celebrating 80 years!

    • We would like to thank all of you for your good wishes during our 80th anniversary week. We appreciate your comments and feedback, and hope that you continue to use this blog to communicate with us. We work diligently to offer the best service possible to the public and continually strive to improve its quality.
      On Social Security Matters, our intent is to provide general information and educate our readers about the variety of programs that Social Security offers. We do not have access to personal records, but we will try to answer your general questions about Social Security and direct you to the appropriate resources.
      Thank you again for your support. We look forward to “building the future” with you.

  6. Please I need help, I cannot get any answers on my ss check. I have been to my local office 8 times since April. Went today and was really just brushed off, they promised me a call and I did not receive one. I am in horrible need of my check this month and asked for them to issue it this month and if need be to hold another month. I cannot even get a contact information to the District Manager in Jacksonville Florida. I keep being told it is a process center problem and they are trying to fix it. Each time I go in I am told it is fixed and it still is not. HELP PLEASE just give me some answers so I told what to expect on my check

  7. I would like to know how I can sue social security for allowing my ex-husband to defraud me and my children who were minors at the time. We have since Dec. 1999 , after finding out my ex husband lied to obtain benefits for my children. Over and over again S.S., has been negligent and manage to deny us the funds that should have been paid out back in March 2005, after a final decision was sent to us in writing that he was found to have misused the funds. after proof was also given to S.S. that they were at fault due to not requiring him to provide proof that he had custody of our children. Me and my daughters were left struggling why this man was allowed to defraud the system time and time again. There is still proof in our records to show that we did our part that S.S. required by us in proof yet they yet again have found excuses so please tell me how to get justice once and for all for me and my daughters. I shorten the story into a smaller version for this site, however me and my daughters have no problem giving the full version with proof given the chance.

  8. Mrs. Colvin, I printed out a letter when checking on my case, and according to you, in August 11, 2013, You stated that I was entitled to my benefits beginning in 2011. Now my local office has refused to do so. And they seem to get a big kick by making me feel bad for staying home to raise my Autistic child, which they’ve denied him as well from 1994 until now. They should have went off his father’s wages, not mine. Now instead of Judges turning me away, they have the secretaries do it. My son is just as entitled to his benefits as I am. Or don’t we matter? These people took an oath to help those in need. Instead they’ve abused it and helped themselves instead and people they know. So who’s left to help me and my son. WE have no disability or civil rights. But your letter states I am entitled to my benefits starting in 2011, why haven’t I received anything? Better why didn’t my son? Sincerely, Amanda

  9. I have been censored. A violation of the First Amendment of the constitution. But the Patriot Act changed all that, hasn’t it?

  10. i am 82 and i hade my pension taken and close in 2006
    nothing helps and in 2014 find that my pension is dos i like to know wyyyyy naday

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