I will reach the magical age of 62 in September, thus eligible to receive Social Security benefits. I followed the recommended process and submitted my application three months prior to my birthday to make sure I would start receiving benefits on time.
After biting my tongue and politely thanking her (for what?), I called the Office of Personnel Management. Once again … “Calls will be answered in the order received.” More elevator music for an hour (I must have been #950,000 this time … whee!). I explained my dilemma and at least this woman was sympathetic. Evidently she’d heard the story before and we had a chuckle about Social Security’s assumption a 35-year-old would qualify for a pension. The chuckles abruptly stopped when she informed me the verification would take some time. Upon hearing about the five-day deadline, the woman gasped and as calmly as possible, told me it would take four weeks to get the information necessary. FOUR WEEKS???? She explained my records were stored away (probably somewhere in a dark basement on microfiche), not on a current database.
I called Social Security back. Thankfully the gal I spoke to earlier gave me her direct number saving me from hearing the soundtrack to Dr. Zhivago seventeen times. Of course, she didn’t answer but I left her a message informing her I would be getting the info to her within four weeks and please not penalize me for not meeting the deadline.