News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 27, 2013

SOCIAL SECURITY: Hit a home run with Social Security

Brian Hewitt
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Baseball fans across the nation (and around the world) are currently enjoying the 109th World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

Arguably, baseball is America’s pastime as virtually every American knows about or is a fan of this sport. In the same way, Social Security is America’s cornerstone as just about every person in America benefits from Social Security.

These days, more baseball fans watch on their television sets than in person. Many fans have even taken to watching their favorite team play online.

Did you know that more people apply for their Social Security retirement benefits online instead of going to visit an office and apply in person? In fact, more than fifty percent of people apply for retirement benefits online. But just how many people is that?

Imagine your favorite full-sized baseball stadium packed full of cheering fans. Now imagine your second-favorite full-sized stadium, also packed full. That’s a lot of people, but not even close. Try to picture over 140 full-sized stadiums brimming full of fans. That’s how many people have applied online for Social Security retirement benefits. More than six million people!

It’s as easy to understand why people prefer our online application at socialsecurity.

gov versus applying in an office as it is to understand why so many people love baseball.

Applying online is convenient — you can do it from the comfort of your home or office with the baseball game on your radio or television set.

And applying online is like watching a game on TV — there’s no traffic, no lines, and you can wear whatever you want.

Need to step away to refresh your snacks? You can stop and restart your application at any time.

But you probably won’t need to since it can be completed, from start to finish, in as little as 15 minutes. Once you electronically submit your application, that’s it. You can sit back and enjoy the rest of the game.

When you are up to bat for retirement, join the millions who have applied the easy way: online. You’re sure to hit a home run at social

security.gov/pgm/retire

ment.htm.

Brian L. Hewitt is district manager at the  Social Security Administration office at 222 Cherry St.