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AARP to Celebrate Social Security’s 81st Birthday at Richmond Event Aug. 17


Program Vital to Virginians’ Financial Security

Because Social Security is critical to Virginians’ financial security, AARP Virginia will participate in the Second Annual Senior Safety Day at First Baptist Church of Richmond from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17.


More than 300 people—the maximum capacity—are registered to attend the event, which is presented by the Senior Center of Greater Richmond, the Office of the Attorney General Mark Herring and the First Baptist Church of Richmond. The church is located at the corner of Monument Avenue and Boulevard.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935.


AARP Virginia on Wednesday will release a new analysis that demonstrates how much Virginians’ Social Security benefits will be cut if the President and Congress don’t act. AARP Take a Stand volunteers will be on hand at Safety Day with a giant birthday card for Social Security for participants to sign. They also will talk to participants about what Social Security means to them and how their lives will be affected if their benefits are cut.


Also on Wednesday, AARP will participate in the Social Security and Women Summit, a joint venture between AARP and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, designed to bring awareness to the importance of safeguarding Social Security's future by finding commonsense, non-partisan solutions that extend solvency of the program while expanding benefits. A panel discussion will be moderated by Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President for Community, State, and National Affairs, AARP, featuring Max Richtman, NCPSSM President & CEO; Romina Boccia, Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Diana Rickert, Vice President of Communications, Illinois Policy Institute; and Terry Savage, a nationally known expert on personal finance, the markets, and the economy. The event will be live streamed at from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT.


In June, the Social Security Trustees reported that the trust fund would run dry in 2034.


That is why AARP launched Take a Stand – a national campaign focused on pressing presidential candidates to show leadership on Social Security. Hundreds of Take a Stand Virginia volunteers have attended hundreds of events across the state to interact with voters to tell the candidates that voters want to know their plans for the future of Social Security.


AARP asked the candidates what they would do to update Social Security and they responded in the July issue of the AARP Bulletin. For more information, go to


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.


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