After reading the recent letter to the editor "Another jolt after death of spouse" in the Sept. 12 Bradenton Herald about a lady dealing with Social Security, I felt I should write about my pleasant experience with our local Social Security office on Highway 64 East.
I was divorced and didn't know where my ex was. A dear friend checked Google for his name in April 2014 and found he had died March 6, 2014 at age 90. I called and made an appointment with our Social Security office.
When I went there on April 17, I was greeted by a friendly, helpful young man, who directed me to where I should go. Again, I was greeted by a friendly young woman, whose name I do not remember.
I identified myself and told her my ex's name. I told her I was there to file for survivors benefit, but did not have a death certificate as my ex had died in Michigan.
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She replied, "That's OK, we know he is dead." I showed her my marriage and divorce papers (we had been married 44 years). We had a very nice interview with questions back and forth. She was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions without hesitation.
She told me I was entitled to survivors benefits from March and I would receive a check for the difference I had already received on my own record and what I was entitled to in survivors benefit. That check arrived eight days later on April 25.
On May 3, I received my first check of full survivors benefit. I was pleasantly surprised at such quick results.
I feel our local Social Security office is to be commended for such efficient actions. We are fortunate to have such an excellent facility in our own wonderful Bradenton.
Thank you, Social Security personnel.
Anna R. Maring