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Old 01-17-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Seems like SS is in fear of the number of applicants the baby boomers will present. Looks like a good deal. Any one tried it yet?
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Yep. I signed up for SS in Oct. using the online application. With the exception of having to mail them a copy of my birth certificate and DD214, everything was done online.
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I also did it completely by on-line application. A week or so later someone from SS made a follow-up phone call, their information agreed with mine. That was it, I didn't have to show any papers or badges.
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Did it 4 times, works just fine. You may or may not get any feedback from the SSA and, if you do not, you have to have faith as the site does not give you much in the way of information except "a decision has not been made yet". You may get the $$ before they even change that. I heard that something like 10,000 apply every day now so you have to give them some slack.

BTW the on-line application thing is not new as it has been around since the year 2000 as DW applied the first time then.
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I used the online application process early in '08; had to mail DD214 & birth certificate to the local SSA office; other than that, everything was done electronically & worked just like it was supposed to.

Can't ask for more than that.
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I used the online application process early in '08; had to mail DD214 & birth certificate to the local SSA office; other than that, everything was done electronically & worked just like it was supposed to.

Can't ask for more than that.
Totally agree; it was a piece of cake for both me several years ago and, more recently, my wife.
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Did it 4 times, works just fine.
Are you expecting 3 extra checks?
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Be nice, but initial application #1 DW 2000, #2 Mine 2002, Withdrawals of both 2008, reapplication #3 Mine 2008, #4 DW 2008. All 4 Applications done on-line.
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Yep. I signed up for SS in Oct. using the online application. With the exception of having to mail them a copy of my birth certificate and DD214, everything was done online.
Just curious REWahoo.....why did you have to provide DD214? Is that because you retired from the military?
I spent 6 years active so will I also have to provide that?
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Just curious REWahoo.....why did you have to provide DD214? Is that because you retired from the military?
I spent 6 years active so will I also have to provide that?
Not to answer for REWahoo, but I believe SS adds bonus earnings to your military service years. This is done automatically for years after 1968 but you have to show proof of service prior to 1968 to receive the bonus for those years. Don't get too excited as I don't believe it adds very much to your benefit amount.
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Just curious REWahoo.....why did you have to provide DD214? Is that because you retired from the military?
I spent 6 years active so will I also have to provide that?
No, I'm not retired military, similar to you I spent 8 years on active duty. I provided a copy of my DD 214 because they asked for it, I suppose to confirm the small additional credit for military service.

Edit to add - Bikerdude is correct.
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I spent 6 years active so will I also have to provide that?
As REW said, only if you want to receive the additional benefits of the military wage credit...

For those of you serving in the current millenium (I retired in 2002), I believe that the wage credit ended after 2001. In addition Social Security's annual mailed statements now generally include the wage credit, which they figured out when they noticed that the data with your Social Security number was coming from the Department of Defense. I think that change to the statements began happening in 2005 or 2006.
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No, I'm not retired military, similar to you I spent 8 years on active duty. I provided a copy of my DD 214 because they asked for it, I suppose to confirm the small additional credit for military service.

Edit to add - Bikerdude is correct.
Boy, learn something new every day. This one covers me:

If you served in the military in 1957 through 1977, you are credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty basic pay.
Don't know what that will mean for me but I'll find out later I guess.

That's why I keep reading this forum. Thanks REWahoo.
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Don't know what that will mean for me but I'll find out later I guess.
As Nords noted, your Estimated Benefits Statement probably already includes this additional credit - mine did.
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As Nords noted, your Estimated Benefits Statement probably already includes this additional credit - mine did.
Yeah, I'm sure you're right about that. In that case, you have to produce the DD214 or be square.
That's interesting. I never knew all of that.
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Yeah, I'm sure you're right about that. In that case, you have to produce the DD214 or be square.
That's interesting. I never knew all of that.
Neither did I until I filed for benefits in October.
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As REW said, only if you want to receive the additional benefits of the military wage credit...

In addition Social Security's annual mailed statements now generally include the wage credit, which they figured out when they noticed that the data with your Social Security number was coming from the Department of Defense. I think that change to the statements began happening in 2005 or 2006.

Then why do they still need a DD214?
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Then why do they still need a DD214?
Good question.

Another question might be why they need anything at all.
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In any event for those that have military service in the indicated periods, you can request copies of your DD Form 214 (BTW the SSA requests either the original or "stamped" copies). The ones the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) send to you do contain a "Seal" to attest to its (their) authenticity. Here is a link to the NPRC Site: VA DD214 Request
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Interesting thing about recent articles I have read about the online filing is that they don't require mailing in any documents. They talked as if this is a new process. Anyone file in the last month?
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