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National Social Security Month

| April 05, 2019

One thing “to do” during National Social Security Month


By Vonda VanTil

Grand Rapids, Michigan 


It’s National Social Security Month. If there’s only one thing that you do this month related to Social Security, do this  – create a my Social Security account.


In your personal my Social Security account, you can verify your earnings, see an estimate of future benefits while still working, or manage your monthly benefits once you begin receiving them. Managing your benefits means you can set up or change direct deposit, change your address and get a replacement SSA-1099. You can also check the status of your Social Security application or appeal; get a replacement Social Security card; or get a proof of income letter.


If you do not already have an account, the first thing you need to do is create one at Please know that securing your identity and personal information is important to us. We protect your information by using strict identity verification and security features. The application process has built-in features to detect fraud and confirm your identity.


For over 80 years, Social Security has transformed to meet the changing needs of our customers. Today, you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online; find answers to over 200 of your most frequently asked questions, and much more.


Celebrate National Social Security Month by creating your account and seeing what you can do online anytime, anywhere at


Questions may be sent to Vonda VanTil, public affairs specialist, Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at