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Where in my C-file are my SSA records?


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I was trying to find my SSA records but so far I haven't. There are over 5,000 pages in this version. I have tried several searches, but to no avail. I have searched for the individual whose records where mixed up with mine but so far can't find those either. Since I should have at least been awarded TDIU back to the time SSA found me unable to work, based solely on service connected conditions, this is important to my claim.

There are lots of new military records. Lots of names blacked out. I guess the VA doesn't want us looking up any of them.  

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If you had incorrect records identified in your file that weren't you, they were probably removed at some point- there is a mechanism for that on our side. 

 

Are you searching on a disk? Ctrl-f is not the greatest tool for that, unfortunately its about the only one that fast and included as part of Windows. PDFs when scanned, aren't searchable very well because they aren't necessarily an image, but they aren't 'text' either. PDF searches only work on rendered text or OCR data. If the PDF is created from a scanned image, it will not find anything at all. the only way to search text in a PDF is to do a full text index, and if there is no rendered text or OCR data, then there is nothing to index. There are tools that will OCR (character recognition- not perfect) a PDF but they all cost money. 

 

 

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If you have not done this yet  you may want too

Go to the SSA web site  and create you a SSD Account  once they approve your SSA Account   you will have access to all your SSA Records from the date you first stated to work  mine go back to age 14 When I worked at a EXXON GAS STATION  back then we would go out and ask the people that drove up WANT A FILL UP? CHECK YOUR OIL/TIRE AIR PRESURE   ect,,,ect,, this was around 1966/67/68  but once you get a SSA Account you can long into your account  and find just about any records you need/want.

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21 minutes ago, brokensoldier244th said:

If you had incorrect records

I did have someone else's records in mine. It appeared that someone at the VA dropped the paper files and didn't have enough sense to put them back in the correct folder. I have wondered if this wasn't a problem with the VA getting my claim correct because my SSA records granting me SSDI weren't all there. It especially bothered me that the VA is sending out someone else's complete identity to me, not that I care about this individual's identity, but I am almost certain that my identity is in someone else's records. This certainly seems to show to me that the VA does a very piss poor job of checking records. I have read the M21-1 that explains correcting records. Seems obvious to me that who ever worked my claim didn't look through my SSA records or if they did they didn't follow correct procedure or they would have corrected this way back before 2010. 

I just called Peggy(1-800-828-1000) and they say the records are in there system, which means nothing to me. I was told I could request the SSA records. I guess I will do that and see what I get this time. 

I have done the search several times. I can't find the other person's SSA number. I can't find the "CAVES", which was on the first few pages of the prior C-File that has SSA records in it, it sounded like a nickname for where the records were stored. I did a quick manual scan through all 5,000 pages but I still didn't see any SSA records, though I could have missed them.

I also noted a lot of blacked out areas in this new file. Maybe someone is starting to take identity security seriously.

Any suggestions on how I might search for them is greatly appreciated.

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8 minutes ago, Buck52 said:

Go to the SSA web site  and create you a SSD Account

I did that many, many years ago. That though doesn't help me with what SSA records the VA has on file for me. 

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