Is There Anything To This Receiving Benefits From Social Security For Being In The Military?

Dec 26 2017 - 7:02am

Is there anything to this of receiving benifits from Social Security for being in the military? I was just given the web site to check it out. I am already retired and was ask when I filed if I was in the military and given a $1.00 extra on my benifits. I am wondering were I check this out if there is anything to this at all. I went to http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm. This site does not say too much about it.

Hi,

Social Security credits US military veterans with extra deemed wages for years from 1957-2001 when calculating their retirement or disability benefit rates (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.09/handbook-0953.html). The extra wages are credited for periods of active duty only, and can result in a higher monthly benefit rate.

Starting with 1968 these extra wages were automatically added to the earnings histories of veterans, so if all of your active duty was after 1967 your benefit rate should already reflect any extra credits that you are due. If you had any active duty prior to 1968, Social Security should have asked you to provide proof of your active duty periods when you applied for benefits so that they could add the deemed wages when calculating your benefit rate.

Best, Jerry