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How Do I Find Out If I'm Getting My Military Benefit?

How do i find out if i am getting my Miitary benefit.<?blockquote>

Hi,

I assume that what you're referring to are deemed military wages (DMW). DMW's are extra wage credits that are added to the actual military wages paid to veterans for certain years in which they were on active duty (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.09/handbook-0953.html). DMWs are then considered when calculating the worker's Social Security retirement or disability benefit rate.

You should be able to find out if DMWs were used when calculating your benefit rate by asking Social Security. However, if all of your active duty was after 1967 you would almost certainly have been properly credited with any DMWs you're due since the process was automated starting in 1968. Veterans with active duty prior to 1968 normally must submit proof of their active duty in order to be credited with DMWs.

Best, Jerry

Posted: 
Oct 1 2019 - 5:50pm
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