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Most of the work I do for our firm is with Veterans, so when it comes to news about Social Security, it is all new to me. It’s kind of refreshing to learn something new, and different than what I am used to. Earlier this month the Social Security Administration turned 78! I personally had no idea it had been around since the 30’s. I decided to go the Social Security website to see what other information I could find. It turns out that the SSA has a lot of neat stuff on their website. For instance, did you know that it used to be called the Social Security Board? It was not until 1946 that they were officially referred to as the Social Security Administration. Along with this they show all of their old logos and even a timeline of changes.
It’s not just fun and games there though. The website has a lot of helpful tools for anyone going through this process. For instance, we wrote recently about how earnings reports are available online now. But there is so much more than this. I found out that I will likely retire around age 67…ouch…and that I should live until I am 87. Granted, this does not take into account things like me marrying a famous actress and my horrible eating habits. It’s just a rough guess. If I don’t marry Anne Hathaway I still have 37 years of working ahead of me. (Insert sad face here.)
I am the type of person who always plans for the future, but you never what life may throw your way. The VA website allows for individuals to apply for SSD and SSI online. In fact, they even have a section on the site to show how many work credits an individual needs for SSD. For those already getting Social Security benefits, you can see what day each month to expect your payment. I was under the impression that they were all released on the same day. This is not sure. The system appears a little convoluted, but not too difficult to figure out for someone receiving benefits already.
Overall, there are a lot of great tools on this site. However, most of those tools are for retirement and to see if you qualify for disability. They could really use more information for individuals who have been denied. With this in mind, hiring an attorney is still a great option. Our case managers keep our clients informed every step of the way, and our Attorneys are truly passionate about helping people. We request files, review medical records, file appeals, and so much more. Call us today to see what we can do for you. 1-877-526-3457. Fill out this form and we can call you.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law