Social Security Hassles

My mom is trying to collect on her social security benefits. According to the law she’s entitled to half of what my father (her ex-husband) benefits would be. They are just giving her such a hard time about it though. It’s really awful.

Her case worker told her she needs his birth certificate. Um?! You can’t get someone else’s birth certificate. Unless they are your child.

She’s called numerous times and spoken with other people and they have concurred. You can’t do that. Therefore it is not a requirement.

Now they want my brith certificate instead. I’m not really understanding how that proves my father’s age any better than the marriage license she already submitted which has his date of birth on it.

It’s like they purposely try to hassle people so they’ll die from the stress and not take any of the money they’re owed.

She’s already had to wait 5 additional years just to be eligible to apply. Cause she married a man 5 years younger than herself. If that isn’t a sexist and totally outdated rule I don’t know what is. Sometimes women marry younger men. Men don’t always marry younger women. I don’t think women who marry younger men should be penalized for it.

I just don’t understand the logic. You have a social security number for just such this purpose. If you give your social security number it should be as simple as that. They know who you are. They know how old you are. They know who you were married to and how old they are as well. It’s just bullshit, nonsense, runaround which the brith certificates and other documents. They know full well exactly what’s going on, who you are and what you’re entitled to. But they just have to give you a hard time.  If they were any other entity they would be cited for fraud and harrassment.

Unless you’re a politician. Then you can do whatever you want. The law doesn’t apply.

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