With Columbus Day in October, now is the season to explore and discover. Hop aboard, and discover a new world of service at www.socialsecurity.gov.
There is so much you can learn and so many things you can do on Social Security’s website. Information on retirement, survivors, disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicare are easily accessible on Social Security’s homepage. But the website offers much more.
You can apply online for Social Security retirement benefits. Not sure whether you’re ready to retire? We can help you plan ahead and chart your course with our online benefit planners. Perhaps the most impressive of these planners is the online Retirement Estimator, which you can use to get quick and personalized estimates of your retirement benefits based on different scenarios.
Set your sights on our website and discover the online Social Security Statement. Your Statement provides a list of your recorded earnings and a written estimate of your future Social Security benefits. You can get your own Statement at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement.
Our publications explain all of Social Security’s programs. You’ll find the “Get a publication” link at the left side of the home page at www.socialsecurity.gov. There, you’ll find information on all of our services. Dozens of our publications are available in 15 languages. We have a Spanish language website that people can explore too, at www.segurosocial.gov.
If you have a question that you can’t find answered in the publications, click on our “FAQs,” or frequently asked questions. You’ll find the big question mark at the right of the page.
So set sail for a new world of discovery at www.socialsecurity.gov. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at all you can accomplish there.
— Brenda Brown is a Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, N.C.