News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 28, 2013

Social Security: Try this word puzzle challenge

Brian Hewitt
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — In 1938 — only a couple of years after Social Security was signed into law — a depression-era, unemployed architect named Alfred Mosher Butts studied the front page of The New York Times to figure out how often each of the 26 letters was used. The result was a game he called Criss Cross Words, renamed 10 years later as Scrabble.

In honor of Scrabble’s 75th anniversary, we’d like to challenge you to a word puzzle.

Here are your scrambled letters:  

S Y S C O I I Y E M C U R A T L

What do they spell?

Here’s a hint: it is Social Security’s hottest new online service, and you don’t have to scrabble to use it.

The answer is: “my Social Security.”

“My Social Security” is your online account that provides you quick access to your personal Social Security information. For example, during your working years, you can use my Social Security to obtain a copy of your Social Security statement to check your earnings record and see estimates of the future retirement, disability and survivor benefits you and your family may receive.

For people who already receive Social Security or SSI benefits, the my Social Security service is even better this year. You can now sign into your account to view, save and print a benefit verification letter, check your benefit payment information and even change your address and phone number in our records. You can also start or change your direct deposit information.

Before your next game of Scrabble, we recommend you create a my Social Security account, so you can always have your Social Security information at your fingertips. Just visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.