Jane Yamamoto-Burigsay
Courtesy: Social Security Administration

Part of what makes our nation unique is our diversity. Because Social Security touches the lives of nearly all Americans, we’re accustomed to serving a diverse population. Online, our People Like Me pages help inform the many different people we help. From people with disabilities to students and military veterans — Social Security is here for you.

These pages are easy to share with friends and family or on social media. Here are just a few that might speak to you or someone you love.

Do you know someone who is just starting their career? Now is the best time for them to start preparing for retirement. The sooner we begin to save, the more we’ll have when we reach retirement age. Share this page with a young worker you know. www.socialsecurity.gov/people/earlycareer.

We proudly serve wounded warriors and veterans. They faced sacrifices to preserve the freedoms Americans treasure. Many of them do not know they might be entitled to benefits. Share our resources with them to make sure they are getting the benefits they deserve.  www.socialsecurity.gov/people/veterans.

Social Security plays an important role in providing economic security for women. Nearly 55 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women. Women face greater economic challenges in retirement. First, women tend to live long-er than men. A woman who is 65 years old today can expect to live, on average, until about 87, while a 65-year-old man can expect to live, on average, until about 84. Second, women often have lower lifetime earnings than men, which usually means lower benefits. And, third, women may reach retirement with smaller pensions and other assets than men. Share this page with someone who needs this information and may need help planning for their golden years. www.socialsecurity.gov/people/women.

These are just a few People Like Me pages that are tailored to a specific group’s needs. Check out our home page at www.socialsecurity.gov/people to find the page right for you.

Jane Burigsay is Social Security’s public affairs specialist in Hawai‘i.


Question: I plan to retire soon. When are Social Security benefits paid?

Answer: Social Security benefits are paid each month. Generally, new retirees receive their benefits on either the second, third or fourth Wednesday of each month, depending on the day in the month the retiree was born. If you receive benefits as a spouse, your benefit payment date will be determined by your spouse’s birth date.

Here’s a chart showing how your monthly payment date is determined:

Payment Chart for Social Security benefits

For a calendar showing actual payment dates, see the Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.


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