The Social Security Act was signed by President Franklin Roosevelt 78 years ago this week, and provides benefits to retired and disabled people. Sarah Jennings, state director of AARP-South Dakota, says the program is still financially sound.
Jennings says Social Security is very important to everyone in the state.
Jennings says when she talks to young people; she tries to reassure them that Social Security will still be a viable program well into the future. But, she says that doesn’t mean there should not be a serious debate about the program’s future. Nationally as of December 2012, approximately 18.1 percent of the United States population receives a monthly SSA benefit of some type. About 19.1 percent in South Dakota receive benefits.