I just got out of a nice hot shower several minutes ago and now I’m dressed. But I’ve decided to call Social Security’s national 1-800 number to find out some basic information before I go to the local office.
First off, I tried to file online but was shut out of the site for some reason.
Second, Social Security hasn’t sent me a Social Security Statement since 2005. What’s wrong? SS is suppose to send you a statement every year starting with your twenty-fifth birthday. Do they think I’m dead?
Third, I won’t turn 62 until Saturday. Can I apply today?
And fourth, what documents should I bring?
While I was printing this post out by hand on a lined pad I was calling Social Security. Everything’s fine. I applied over the phone. The two people I talked to were friendly and professional. They took the necessary information and I’ll be receiving my first check in December. It will be enough for me to pay my rent and phone bill with a few dollars left over. That’s all I wanted. When I do get a gig I can make a little over $14,000 starting next year without penalty. Great. Finally some good news! Now I can continue my search for employment knowing I have a steady source of income for life.
I’m in pretty good health. I entend to work, pay my bills and start paying on my debts.