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VA and Social Security Won’t Use Paper Checks After March 2013

I wrote in 2011 about the change coming to Social Security or VA benefits — there will be no more paper checks after March 2013. Recipients must have their benefit money deposited directly to a bank account or must sign up for a Direct Express debit card.

The Direct Express card was created so that the Social Security Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs could send benefits to people who don’t have bank accounts. Under the program, the government would add your monthly benefits to your Direct Express card. The card can be used to make purchases, pay bills, or get cash.

To apply for a Direct Express card, call Social Security at (800) 333-1795 or visit

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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