Gene Mathis 75, said he looks for strength and comfort in a place where many find them, his bible. ...
Mathis, now retired, said he needs the encouragement to face his problems with Social Security, a problem that is two years old.
"They said I owe them 30-thousand dollars," he said.
Mathis was born 1938, but his Panama City school records show he was born 1942. Mathis said the discrepancy has created a problem with his social security benefits.
"I can't get no understanding from them," he said, "all these years I have been fighting with them." ...
He said a few years ago Social Security accused of him of being overpaid; now SSA deducts $100 a month from his benefits to reimburse the government.
"They get it before I get mines," he said. ...
"I thought in America a birth certificate meant everything," said Mathis.
"I guess not in my case, I must be related to Obama."
Privacy laws prevents social security from discuss the specifics of the problems with Mathis. But they're taking his concerns seriously.
"We are contacting Mr. Mathis today and will provide assistance," said Patti Patterson.I'll take a wild guess at what may have happened. Mr. Mathis may be one of those rare people who were born in the U.S. but whose birth was not recorded at the time they were born. Later, he or his family later got a delayed birth certificate but Social Security decided at some point to ask for his school records to confirm the date of birth shown on the delayed birth certificate. The school records pointed at a later date of birth and Social Security decided to go by the school records.
It wasn't that rare to see delayed birth certificates thirty years ago but they have to be quite rare these days. It's been decades since I saw one.
Anybody have a better theory?