April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Charo Boyd: Social Security to see you through

Enjoying the independence that we have as Americans is a privilege we've earned, together. It took the sacrifice of millions of entrepreneurs and service men and women, nurses and caregivers. You've done your job in making this nation what it is today: proud, strong, and secure.

For more than 80 years, Social Security has been doing the same. We're with you through life's journey, from birth to retirement and beyond. And one of the best tools we provide every American is my Social Security, our secure online resource customized for you.

All your hard work is recorded at my Social Security. There, you can:

  • Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year;

  • Get an estimate of your future benefits, if you are still working;

  • Get a letter with proof of your benefits, if you currently receive them; and

  • Manage your benefits:

  • Change your address;

  • Start or change your direct deposit;

  • Request a replacement Medicare card; and

  • Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

    It doesn't matter if you've worked one year or 40, checking your personalized account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount gives you control over your future.

    We understand that you might lose things from time to time. In some states, you can even request a replacement Social Security card online using my Social Security. It's an easy, convenient, and secure way to request a replacement card. We are working to add more states to this service, so we encourage you to check www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber to see where it is available.

    In addition to using my Social Security, there are many other things you can do online with Social Security. For example, you can use the Retirement Estimator to plug in different numbers, retirement dates, and scenarios to help you decide the best time for you to retire. It's available at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.

    We've been with you and your loved ones for a long time - more than 80 years. The journey you're making to financial independence isn't one you have to make alone. Join the millions of people who are strengthening their future at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.[[In-content Ad]]
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