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« on: March 31, 2017, 04:13:15 PM »

I have never had such difficulty with Social Security until this recent year. Maybe I was not very informed but I feel like when I first applied for Survivors benefits back in 2010 the process was very simple!
I was told about the benefits from my mom after my fiance died in July of 2010. I was able to make a phone call to SSA and did a phone application or interview of some sort. They were able to get the death certificate from the mortuary and everything. The agent made me an appointment to come in and bring just my sons birth certificate and the declaration of paternity papers signed when he was born. I applied in August of 2010 and by October 2010 I received my first check which they dated back to the day of his death plus the $250 funeral expense. I never had any issue and was surprised how easy it was to apply and get things set up.
But recently, my God! I can never get a hold of anyone. They refuse to make appointments. They tell conflicting stories and it is just a wreck.
What happened?
Disability: Representative Payee for childs survivor benefits
Date Applied: August 2010
First Approval/Denial Date: August 2010
Date Back Pay Received: October 2010
Date Dependent Benefits Received: October 2010
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2017, 06:30:00 PM »

There is currently a hiring freeze on government employees - including SSA employees.  As a result, many offices are understaffed. 
Age at Application: 26 age of onset (but I did not apply until 28)
Date Applied: August 2011
First Approval/Denial Date: November 2011
Additional Info: I was fortunate to be approved on my initial application due to extensive medical records (12+ doctors) & documentation of unsuccessful work attempts even with significant accommodations
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