Local Effects of Government Shutdown

The Toccoa Social Security office remains open as the federal government shuts down.

The office on Big A Road is open for business from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, as well as 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.

However, The Social Security Administration says the shutdown is causing limited services to be offered.

According to the federal Social Security website, services not being offered include the issuing of new or replacement Social Security cards, replacing Medicare cards, and issuing proof of income letters.

Offices will still help people apply for benefits, assist people in requesting an appeal, change addresses or direct deposit information, accept reports of death, verify or change citizenship status, replace a lost or missing Social Security payment, issue a critical payment, change a representative payee, and process a change in living arrangement or income for SSI recipients.

In addition, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income payments to beneficiaries will continue with no change in payment dates.

For more information, go to www.socialsecurity.gov.

Looking at Veterans’ Affairs services, all medical facilities and clinics remain fully operational.

Also, claims processing and payments will continue through at least late October.

However, a number of other services are reduced.

For more information, go to www.va.gov.