Jane Yamamoto-Burigsay
Courtesy: Social Security Administration

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American. We’ve been with you from Day One, when your parents applied for your Social Security number, and we are with you from your first job through your retirement party and beyond.

For more than 80 years, Social Security has remainded true to its mission of providing financial protection for the American people and has served as one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation’s history. We encourage everyone to take steps to ensure their financial security. Regardless of your age or place in life, now is the time to start planning for a financially secure future for yourself and your family.

Everyone can benefit from our first step: Get to know your Social Security. You can start your journey through all things Social Security by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov and navigating through our menu.

Along the way, you’ll see how your Social Security number opens many important doors throughout life, from making it easier to apply for student aid and opening your first bank account, to starting your first job and buying your first house. You’ll also discover how your contributions to the Social Security system through FICA payroll taxes can make you eligible for important future benefits when you reach retirement age or if you become severely injured or ill.

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

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