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Federal Benefits

General Infomation

Social Security Administration
Because the Consulate is a non-claims taking post, the Consulate only accepts applications for Social Security Administration claims for retirement, disability and survivor benefits, Social Security number applications, and all post-entitlement activities affecting beneficiaries under the various programs, i.e., changes of address, issues involving direct deposit of SAA checks, nonreceipt of check allegations and death terminations.

If you would like information on how to apply for social security retirement benefits, or for instructions on how to replace, correct, or change your name on your Social Security Card, see the Social Security Administration (SSA) website. This site also has a downloadable application form, the (SS-5) and tells you what kind of identification you need to send along with your application form.

Department of Veteran Affairs
Because the Consulate is a non-claims taking post, the Consulate only accepts Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) survivor claims, educational benefits, and compensation and pension examinations, etc.
The Department of Veteran Affairs website offers the Federal Benefits Manual for Veterans and Dependents (2004), details of benefits available, and downloadable benefits forms.

Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management website offers information for federal employee benefits such as retirement programs, thrift plans, and health insurance.

Department of Labor
The Department of Labor website offers information on benefits programs such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and workers' compensation programs, (Black Lung, FECA, Longshore).

Railroad Retirement Board
The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the nation's railroad workers and their families. The RRB also administers certain Social Security benefit payments and railroad workers' Medicare coverage.