Author Archive: Chuck Stovall

Chuck Stovall is an assistant district manager with the Social Security Administration.

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Spouses have significant Social Security retirement benefit

| August 22, 2013

By Chuck Stovall Social Security Administration Social Security can be an important financial asset for married couples when the time comes to apply for retirement benefits. In many cases, one spouse may have earned significantly more than the other spouse, or have worked for a longer span of years. Or, it could be that one […]

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It’s baseball season! Who’s on first? You are, with Social Security

| August 15, 2013

Who’s on first base? You are, when the time comes to do business with Social Security. We always place customer service first and strive to hit a home run with every person we serve.

What’s on second? Our heavy-hitting team of top-rated online services, that’s what! For example, you can use my Social Security to set up an account and get access to your Social Security Statement to see estimates of your future benefits. If you know your bases are loaded and you are ready to retire, you can hit the ball out of the park with our online retirement application. You’ll find it all at

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Social Security questions and answers

| August 9, 2013

By Chuck Stovall Social Security Administration Question: I need proof of my Social Security income. Can I get verification online? Answer: Yes! The best way to get a benefit verification letter is by using a my Social Security account. Your personal my Social Security account is a convenient and secure way for you to check […]

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Young workers, meet Social Security

| August 7, 2013

Welcome to the workforce, new workers! Whether you’re beginning the career of a lifetime or just earning some extra money for the school year to come, there is one question that is likely to hit you when you see your first pay stub: “What is the FICA and why is my paycheck less because of it?”

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Apply for Social Security disability benefits from home

| July 29, 2013

Have you been thinking about applying for Social Security disability benefits, but you are unable to visit a Social Security office to complete the interview? Perhaps your disabling condition makes it difficult to visit a Social Security office. We have good news: you can complete your application for Social Security disability benefits from the convenience of your home. Get started at

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Social Security Questions & Answers: July

| July 25, 2013

GENERAL Question: How many Social Security numbers have been issued since the program started? Answer: Since numbers were first issued in November 1936, we have assigned about 460 million numbers. There are about one billion possible combinations of the nine-digit Social Security number. Visit for a complete history of the Social Security number. Question: How […]

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Social Security Retirement Estimator turns five

| July 19, 2013

Hard to believe, but it’s been five years since Social Security’s Retirement Estimator debuted. Within months of first becoming available, the online Estimator was praised as one of the best services on the Internet, and it has consistently retained its excellent rating every year. Results from the American Customer Satisfaction Index show Social Security’s online Retirement Estimator is consistently one of the highest-rated services on the web—even higher than the websites of many other public or private sector agencies and companies, including Netflix and Amazon.

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Aging musicians rocking on in retirement

| July 9, 2013

Just look at some of the superstars touring and performing concerts this year who are old enough to collect Social Security retirement payments. They’re still rocking, but not in chairs. Bob Dylan is on tour, as he usually is during summer months. Dylan is 71 years old. But with a recent album and new tour dates, you’d never know he was of retirement age.

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Social Security brings office outside

| June 19, 2013

If you have Social Security business to tend to when you’re not tending to your lawn, that’s no reason to ditch the outdoors. You don’t have to drive to and wait in an office—you can handle much of your Social Security business from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, wherever you may be.

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Can’t work due to disability? Maybe Social Security can help

| June 17, 2013

Disability is something most people don’t like to think about. But, if you’re not able to work because you have a disabling condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death, then it’s a subject you may not be able to avoid. You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. It may take you months to obtain all your medical records and for us to process an application for disability benefits.

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