Am I Entitled To Additional SS Benefits Because Of My Military Duty?

Dec 4 2018 - 10:29am

I served in the Air National Guard for 31 1/2 yrs. and was on active duty after 911 from Dec.1,2001-Aug.26,2002 and did other short Active Duty orders. I retired 2yrs ago and am now collecting SS. Am I entitled to additional SS benefits because of my Military Duty?

Hi,

Probably not. You would get deemed military wages (DMW) for your periods of active duty prior to 2002 (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.09/handbook-0953.html), but all of your DMWs should have been automatically added to your Social Security earnings history and would almost certainly already have been used in calculating your current benefit rate.

Best, Jerry