By Bill Kallio
The way some people talk in Washington, you could get the idea that Social Security and Medicare are little more than numbers in a budget.
Yet for families in Virginia and all over America, Social Security and Medicare have a deeper meaning: They are the very foundation of security in retirement.
Social Security and Medicare enable millions of older Americans to survive financially each month, after years of working hard and paying taxes to earn these protections. One day, younger people will count on these same pillars of security for their own independence and dignity in old age.
Kallio is the AARP Virginia state director