Social Security has provided critical financial help to people of all ages for the last 80 years. As the Social Security program celebrates its historic birthday this August, they are reflecting on their diverse history, current strengths, and ways they can continue to improve their services.

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. In doing so, he promised the law would protect “the average citizen and his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.”

Today, Social Security continues to provide financial security for the country’s most vulnerable citizens. In fact, Social Security provides world-class service to millions of people every day — online, on the phone, and in its network of field offices across the country.

According to a press release, Social Security is presenting its “Celebrating the Past and Building the Future” anniversary website. There, anyone can read 80 interesting facts about an agency that touches everyone’s life at some point or another. 

The anniversary website also includes a timeline of Social Security's history. It begins with the signing of the Act in 1935 and ends with this year’s announcement of Vision 2025, its bold vision that will guide the agency as they work to meet the future customer service needs of the public. A memorable spot on the timeline is November 2, 2000, the date when they started taking retirement claims online.

Since the agency’s beginning, they’ve relied on their passionate and hard-working employees to face challenges and provide exceptional service. Throughout the 80 days leading up to the anniversary, they've been posting employee testimonials that answer the question, “Why do you serve?”

Social Security also invite the public to share their story with them on how Social Security has made a difference in someone's life or the lives of family and friends. 

According to the release, when the Social Security program started 80 years ago, the goal was to provide an economic lifeline for people in need. Today, Social Security continues to protect millions of people. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/80thanniversary.