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    embossed, carefully rub a pencil lightly over the raised surfaces. This will lightly darken the impression so that the DFAS technician, who processes the electronic copy of document, will be able to easily discern it was properly notarized or certified.
  • Be sure to provide a copy of the reverse of documents when data pertinent to the correspondence is on the back of the page;
  • Don't mail and also FAX correspondence to DFAS unless so instructed by DFAS
  • Place the member's last name and Social Security number in the upper right hand corner on the front of each page mailed.
While following these recommendations may not create an absolute perfect solution, it will go far to make sure the person submitting the document becomes another satisfied DFAS customer, Ms. Peek said.

Internet Misinformation
Are you concerned about the large number of  rumors, falsehoods and other misinformation being spread on the Internet?  Want to learn more about how they are started and how to spot them to ensure you are not part of the problem in spreading them?  Would you like to be part of the solution   rather than part of the problem?  Check out the Truth or Fiction web site www.truthorfiction.com/about.htm. Here internet users can quickly and easily get information about eRumors, warnings, offers, requests for help, myths, hoaxes, virus warnings, and humorous or inspirational stories that are circulated by email. The site is designed to be of value to the ordinary Internet user who wants to make sure that an email story contains information, not misinformation and it focuses on stories that are the most widely circulated on the Internet. Other web sites that offer clarification on suspected misinformation are:

1. Urban Legends:   http://www.snopes.com
2. Scambusters:   http://www.scambusters.org
3. Hoaxes:   http://www.europe.f-secure.com/

A relief is needed for the editor of the Granite Slate.  The newsletter is the primary means of communicating with Chapter members, and serves a vital function for the Chapter.  The newsletter is published four to five times each year.  It is drafted using Microsoft Publisher 2000, and the end product is sent to the printer via e-mail, or by floppy or zip disk.  To put the newsletter together takes approximately 8 – 10 hours per issue.  If you are interested in serving the Chapter as the newsletter editor, please contact Paul Bernard by e-mail at: pbernard@attbi.com.

Social Security
Excerpt from Social Security Press Release

Everything you want to know about Social Security is now easier to find on SSA’s new website, www.socialsecurity.gov," said Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security.  "We’ve redesigned our website so that it is better organized and easier for the public to conduct Social Security business online.  And our new address is more easily associated with our agency."  One of the most popular Internet services offered by SSA is the online benefits application, where people can apply for retirement, spouse’s and disability benefits via the Internet.  This service -- found at www.socialsecurity.gov/
applyforbenefits -- allows people to conduct business with SSA at a time that is convenient to them and from the comfort of their own home.

By Paul Bernard

The Chapter’s trust fund is overseen by three trustees.  With the passing of John Sheridan, Gary Terhune has assumed the lead role.  Ray Helgemoe has served as a trustee for some time, and Jesse Trow was appointed as a trustee recently by the Board of Directors.  Thanks to all for volunteering your time and energy! 


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