If you're an American citizen or permanent resident years from retirement age and lucky enough to be healthy and fully employed, you may not think much about Social Security. But for more than 80 years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has provided a critical financial safety net for Americans of all ages.
Older Americans rely on monthly Social Security benefits to partially or fully fund their retirement. Disabled adults who can't work to support themselves and their families may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Social Security also provides financial support for wounded veterans, and surviving spouses and children after an untimely death. You can apply for most Social Security benefit programs online by creating a my Social Security account.
There are more than 1,200 Social Security field offices in the United States, and you can find the closet office at this Social Security website. With so many services available online, why would you need to go into the office itself? Here are a few reasons why you might need to visit a Social Security office: