The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 17, 2014

AARP plans a community forum in Lewisburg

AARP West Virginia will host a community forum and luncheon event in Lewisburg next week focusing on the future of Social Security.

“We want to hear what folks have to say,” said Linda Bunn, associate state director of AARP.

The Lewisburg event, which is billed as a “financial security community conversation” for Greenbrier Valley residents, is one of dozens of “listening sessions” that have been staged around the state over the past few years and one of approximately eight centering on Social Security.

One in four West Virginians receives Social Security benefits, with more than 455,000 beneficiaries in the state.

Bunn said that, although there will be “individual anecdotal” information compiled from the community input offered at the forum, the main purpose is to gather insight from the group rather than to collect messages that will link back to a certain person within that group.

“There will be a lot of wisdom in that room,” Bunn predicted.

AARP will then create a document that reflects the community sentiment expressed at the forum and give that document to the legislators whose votes will determine the fate of Social Security.

“We’ve all been paying into Social Security, and we should be the people who decide what its future will be,” Bunn said.

The two-hour forum will be staged at the Roland P. Sharp Alumni Center on the campus of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine starting at 11 a.m. on July 24.

While the event is open to the public, seating is limited, and registration is required. To register, call 877-926-8300.

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