Social Security Administration / deceitful people
I filed for widows benefits in 2003 on my second husband. I was 61. I was told I could file on my first husband when I reached 65 and I would get a higher amount. Filed the claim 10/03/2007. I was told I would receive a claim letter in 30 days. Instead she unreasonably delayed my claim for 5 and 1/2 months. Her excuse was "It's on a supervisor's desk or I'm going on vacation for a week or it's a holiday and I won't be in the office until next Monday or call me... I have one more question to ask you."I've searched my brain and cannot figure out what this nightmare is about. I told the truth and followed the rules and still don't know why they stalled for 5 1/2 months. Finally, around Feb. 1st they sent me an entitlement letter stating I would receive back pay Feb.9th and my benefits would start in March. Guess what? They claim the Post Office lost my back pay. I have direct deposit... so I knew that was an outright lie. I have no way of finding out where my back pay is. Last time I called I was told they would issue another check but that would take another 10 days. I think they are stalling again and possibly breaking the law and there is nothing I can do.I am 65 and counting and this has been a very bad experience. I thought I would spend my older years not having to fight the system but it has not turned out that way. I am very angry that the people who work for SS is so deceitful & calling the 1-800 number is a joke.