Social Security: Financial Literacy Month | Opinion

Financial Literacy Month aims to raise awareness of the importance of planning for a secure financial future. Every April, we like to remind you that Social Security is an essential part of any financial plan. We have online tools to help you understand your potential Social Security benefits and how they fit into your financial future.

You should periodically review your Social Security statement using your personal My Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount. Your statement is an easy-to-read summary of the estimated benefits you and your family may receive, including potential retirement, disability and survivor benefits.

Our Retirement Provision tool in your personal My Social Security account allows you to consult different scenarios for estimating benefits. You can compare the effect of different start dates of future income and retirement benefits on the amount of your future benefits.

Please let your friends and family know that they can take steps to improve their financial knowledge by logging into their Secure My Social Security account. If they don’t have an account, they can easily create one at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

Danny Zimmerman is the Social Security District Manager in Maryville, Missouri.

Sarah J. Greer