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top-ten-blogsSocial Security is always looking for ways to improve how we communicate with you. It’s been a year-and-a-half since we joined the blogosphere, and we couldn’t be happier! This blog is exactly what we envisioned, an honest conversation with you about our programs, the topics that matter to you, and how our agency can better serve you.  

During this time, we’ve told you about our online services, warned you about protecting yourself against fraud, and shared new ways you can start preparing for a secure retirement.

November is National Blog Posting Month, and in celebration, we are revisiting our most popular blogs of the past year. In case you missed it — or ICYMI —here’s your opportunity to catch up.

  1. What You Need to Know About the New Laws for Claiming Retirement Benefits
  2. Ex-Spouse Benefits and You
  3. An Increase in Social Security Benefits in 2017
  4. How I Navigated the Social Security Disability Process
  5. Reporting Changes is Your Responsibility
  6. Scammers Fake Social Security email
  7. The Disability Insurance Program — Securing Today and Tomorrow for 60 Years
  8. Have You Seen Your Social Security Card Lately?
  9. Your Social Security Statement Is Now at Your Fingertips
  10. A Special Arrival! Top Baby Names in 2015

And these are only a fraction of the topics we’ve covered in this busy year. Visit our blog to learn about these and many other topics that my interest you.

With financial benefits, services, and information, Social Security is here to help support you throughout life’s journey. Go check out our 10 most popular blogs and learn more about how our agency helps secure today and tomorrow.

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  1. Robert C.

    I have just learned that the Social Security administration may not be aware of my military service, and 8 wish to submit my DD214 as evidence of same.
    I am retired and drawing SS benefits, but am told that they would increase when the DD214 information was assimilated.
    How do I proceed to accomplish this?

    • Vonda

      Hello Robert, thanks for using our blog. Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.

      Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for periods of active duty from 1957 through 2001 can also be credited to your Social Security earnings record for benefit purposes.

      •If you were in the active military service from 1957 through 1967, special extra earnings are added to your earnings record when you apply for Social Security benefits.
      •If your active duty was after 1967, the extra earnings are already on your record.

      There are no special extra earnings credits for military service after 2001.

      These special earnings credits are added to your earnings record automatically when you apply for Social Security benefits.

      Please read our publication: Military Service and Social Security for more information.

      If you need further assistance, call us at 1-800-772-1213 or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps. Thanks!

  2. Marybeth M.

    how do I order a tax transcript? I need my tax transcripts for 1981 and 82 to prove I worked for the state of Illinois since they said my record of employment was destroyed. This is to get service credits transferred to the state I live in now.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Marybeth, thanks for using our blog. For taxation inquiries, please contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at or by calling their toll-free number at 1-800-829-1040.

  3. JIM M.

    Spent 2 days trying to get access to W-2 forms for me as a household employer to file with SSA. Have pass code but cannot get technical help with your web site since phone is always busy. called at 659 AM no answer and called at 702 AM and all were busy helping others. As a Federal Retiree OF 34 YEARS WITH THE INTELL COMMUNITY, you have BIG PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW AND REPORT W-2 FOR A CLEANING LADY THAT CLEANS OUR HOME EVERY WEEK. I JUST CAN’T ACCESS THE FORMS EVEN THOUGH MY PASSOWRD IS GOOD TILL APRIL 25,2020

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Jim. We are sorry that you are having difficulty accessing our Business Services Online (BSO). Because it is tax season, BSO may be experiencing delays due to high submission volumes from employers submitting w2s. Also, in case you are a first time user, you must first register and create a user ID and select “wage reporting suite of services” during your registration process, before you start creating forms W2/W3. We encourage you to continue using BSO during its normal business hours, Monday through Friday between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. Saturday between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., and Sunday between 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. (ET).

      For more information on BSO and Employer W2 Filing Instructions and Information, please visit here. Also, we have established a dedicated Employer Reporting Service Center Hotline. To reach this hotline, please call 1-800-772-6270 (TTY number,1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (ET) or email us at We hope this helps!


    Military bases in the united states

    Rumors have been for a long time that military is closing some bases down

    Fort hood texas (Killeen) is one of them at first they said fort hood base was going to be turned into a military basic training base

    Then later rumors were that it was closing down as a base


    I recommend that the fort hood base be considered being used and turned into a military retirement home center for retired military members for senior age group for 55 and up age who served in military and dept of defense staff

    So when they get their retirement checks then also send them to fort hood if they need housing

    Fort hood had military housing on the base and what I recommend they do is turn the base into military retirement premises

    Leave the fence up and do not take it down around the base so that people can see were the land owned by fort hood is so they can be more careful on the retirement premises when they drive or walk on it

    Get applications like city housing has for the retiree’s to apply for a apartment on fort hood to move in and only charge 30 percent of their income like from their retirement checks

    This could be the first military retirement community land there has been ever

    Fort hood should have at least 50 houses and apartments on the base which can be used as retirement houses and rented to the military members with their retirement with their spouses if they have one

    And military fort hood base hospital ——it can be used as a housing project for the military wheel –chair combined and handicap soldiers who need like walkers who have trouble walking and things like that and rent the hospital rooms out as housing to the handicap soldiers in need of housing with their retirement checks or social security checks and get a military cook assigned to the base to do the cooking at the hospital cafeteria for the soldiers on the base or just in the hospital

    For those 55 and up first if not full then some 40 years and to 55 age group next in the hospital and I recommend one person per hospital room to make them comfortable and keep them happy

    The soldiers in the hospital who are handicap have the whole base they can walk or roll around on and talk with the other retiree’s on the base who are renting the housing and apartments on the base

    The fence lets the public know/now were the land starts for fort hood so they can be extra careful when they are on the premises and other things

    If you do not like that idea try this idea !!!!!!!!

    Divorced wives and divorced wives with kids ——make it a first military city housing for divorced wives with kids to live and rent at 30 percent of their income

    Make it a military low income housing project for divorced wives to apply for to rent on

    Use the schools on the base to school their kids I am sure that the public school district will easily hire school teachers and pay them to teach the kids on the base schools and kids can stay until 18 yrs old and so can divorced wives the leave the base after that to make room for the others in line waiting

    I hope you like the ideas and decide to try them

    Signed Katrine Elizabeth sackett32463whitelady (5’3)(5’21/2)
    Spring terrace apts 7101 n ih 35 austin tx near burger king and near denny restaurant by st johns and ih 35 austin tx
    Dec 2019

    Write back and let me know/now what you all think as president and senators and military headquarters over these issues


    Contra essa decisão, hospital recorreu ao TST.

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  9. Ron

    Hello, on receiving my work/income history from social security, I found it to be missing income from 5 years in the 80 s that I had filed and paid taxes, I received tax transcripts from the irs that show income and taxes paid during those years,but when I called soc sec, they said I need the complete returns to prove my case, and irs destroys them after 6 years. My income and benefits are considerably less because of it. the transcripts show the income, but the agent I spoke with said it would not suffice as proof. I was a self employed carpenter and filed and paid se every year. the transcripts show adjusted gross income,taxable income and taxes paid and not much else, not a full return. Does anyone know if I can get help within soc security,or an advocacy group,the lawyer I spoke to on ask was worthless, he kept saying I must have filed incorrectly, everything was filed correctly, but their records are incorrect, Any relevant advice would be helpful thanks Ron F

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Ron, thank you for your question. If you were self-employed, you may establish earnings by submitting a copy of your tax returns for the years in question. You need to include the applicable schedules and evidence that your return was filed on time with IRS. Evidence of filing your return includes canceled checks, IRS receipts, or other evidence of payment of tax shown on your return. Please work with your local Social Security office on obtaining and submitting proper documentation.

  10. mohsen

    thank you for this good article

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