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THE FORT WAYNE JOURNAL-GAZETTE
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Benefits Of Program Told Progressive Study Club
Oct. 13, 1937
With 40,500 Hoosiers receiving $627,800 under the state and federal program of old age assistance during the month of August all business is benefiting, as well as needy persons, Harold O. Muntjoy, manager of the Fort Wayne field office of the Social Security board, declared yesterday.
Speaking before members of the Progressive Study club in the Y. W. C. A., Mr. Muntjoy explained in detail operations and benefits of the social security program, and said:
"In Indiana, there have been issued approximately one million account num bers, in noting the number of persons now under the protection of the federal old age benefit program.
"Twenty-one thousand five hundred children benefit under the state federal aide, with an estimate of $359,000 paid through this unit in August, and 3,100 needy blind are receiving $37,800 for the same period.
"The unemployment compensation check, old-age assistance check, and the old-age benefit check will flow into business channels through rents, food expenditures and into the building trades."
The American people have responded to the old-age benefits program in a manner never equaled in the history of the nation. More than thirty million applications for social security account numbers have been filed with the board of workers.
Under the program, which includes old-age pensions and eight other benefit plans, workers at the age of 65 will receive compensation, up to a maximum of $85, the speaker explained. He concluded:
"Millions of employers have joined hands with their government and their employees in this great movement against needy old age. They are making reports regularly on individual employees."