Last month I received a fully favorable decision from the ALJ. Now I am just waiting patiently for my award letter.
Yesterday I received a letter from social security telling me that my case is on hold because they need to see my original birth certificate! It states "Our records show you were born on January 8, 1949. However, we need proof of your age for folder documentation." Mind you, they had my birth certificate in their possesssion for several weeks when I first applied. In fact, I had to order another certified copy because we were traveling to Canada and the SSD had my only original.
Is this just another stall tactic? The letter also states (in bold lettering) that if they don't receive the birth certificate within 20 days my benefits will be suspended!
What benefits? I haven't received any benefits!
Well, I am sending it to the a$$holes today and now I guess I'l have to get back in line and wait for their next screw-up. It might be time to put a call in to the local congressman or representative and see if they can help the SSA find my paperwork.
I would really like to know if anyone else had to go through this and how much of a delay they think it caused.
p.s. I wonder how many people have died waiting for money to buy food and medicines. This is one of the most shameful aspects of our country. Sick and dying people made to go YEARS
without money they are entitled to.