10-19-2017 Letters and Commentary

Access My Social Security on the go!

Smartphones have been in our lives for over a decade and have changed the way we interact with each other. Social Security is at the forefront of technological advancements, making your online business with us easier and more secure.

About a third of the visitors to SocialSecurity.gov use their smartphones to learn about our programs, find answers to their questions, and access our online services. Now you can access your personal my Social Security account on the go or from the comfort of your home. By visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, you can: Request a replacement Social Security card, if you meet certain requirements; check the status of your application or appeal; get your Social Security Statement to review estimates of your future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits; check your earnings every year to verify the amounts that we recorded are correct; and see the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.

There are even more things you can do with my Social Security if you’re receiving benefits.  You can get a letter that verifies your benefit amount, check your benefit and payment information and your earnings record, and change your address and phone number.  You also can request a replacement Medicare card, confirm changes to your direct deposit information, and even get a replacement SSA-1099 for tax season.

We’re continuing to improve my Social Security all the time and make more services available online. Michigan residents can now request a replacement Social Security card online using my Social Security. It’s an easy, convenient, and secure way to request a replacement card online.

To request a replacement card online, you must: Have or create a my Social Security account; have a valid driver’s license in a participating state or the District of Columbia (or a state-issued identification card in some states); be age 18 or older and a United States citizen with a domestic U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses); and not be requesting a name change or any other changes to your card.

Putting you in control of your future is a priority for us. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount today.

Vonda VanTil is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan.  You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at vonda.vantil@ssa.gov.

Don’t be intimidated

There is very little new in technique or trickery when it comes to questioning the truth of God’s Word. From earliest history until now Satan has used the same three steps to create doubt – the same steps that he will use until his time is up. Whether it be “higher criticism,” the Da Vinci Code, or the “Swoon Theory,” Alien invasions, another “gospel,” or the next flavor-of-the-month “replacement theology” (to use the term literally), Satan’s MO doesn’t change.

The three steps designed to destroy: 1. Did God really say that? 2. God is cheating you. What He said is not true. 3. Here, this is the truth instead.

We must remember Satan has a vested interest in destroying God’s credibility (if that were possible). Yet the lies he generates are meant to look so much like God’s truth that they could fool the unwary.