Five Ways Social Security Serves Our Veterans

who elderly men wearing hats hugging On Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who proudly serve our country. Social Security is committed to helping our veterans. One of our priorities is to constantly improve the quality of service we provide to them and their families.

Here are five Social Security benefits every veteran should know about:

  1. Disability Services —The effects of military service can be profound and lasting. Social Security pays disability benefits to veterans through the Social Security disability insurance and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Our disability insurance program pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you’ve worked long enough and paid enough Social Security taxes to qualify.
  2. Accelerated processing for some Veteran claims —Veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total (P&T) have the opportunity to receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits.
  3. Help integrating back into the workforce — Our online guide, Journey to Success: Employment Tools for Veterans with Disabilities, highlights resources, such as career counseling, job training, employment services, and other ways that we help disabled veterans return to work.
  4. Career opportunities for Veterans — We offer several career options in diverse fields for our heroes as well as preference in hiring. You can learn more about how Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for our veterans and their families on our veterans page.
  5. Benefits for WWII Veterans Special benefits can be paid to some World War II veterans who served in the active United States military from September 16, 1940, through July 24, 1947. This includes Filipino veterans who served in the organized military of the Philippines from July 26, 1941, through December 30, 1946.

Acting Commissioner Nancy A. Berryhill said it best: “We honor and thank the brave men and women who served in our nation’s armed forces.” Let us always remember their courage and sacrifice.


70 thoughts on “Five Ways Social Security Serves Our Veterans

    • I have served in the Vietnam comflix. I have been retired from the US Postal Service and had to retire in 2005 due to my disabilities. I have arthritis of the legs and back and can hardly walk. I collect a mall SS Check monthly of $226.00 and a pension check from the Civil Service. I paid in SS for over 20 some years. I have been unable to collect disability. What can I do about this. I served in the US Army for over 2 years. Am I eligible for disability. I have a bad back and my legs have arthritis through them that I have to use a cane to walk. I cannot sleep at night and can hardly walk. I had a kidney operation last year and a heart operation in 2004. A five bypass and a aortic valve. Am I entitled to disability. Who would I contact and would they be able to help me
      Thanking You
      Phil Gitterman


    Gadema Quoquoi
    President & CEO

  2. its all recorded I spent time in hospital for strep throat and 103.5F fever at fort dix nj in jan 1959.Every Dr since then told me my advanced kidney disease stems from that but VA weasels out of paying compensation *
    So dont bring VA into your discussions

    * they know I am almost 83 so they stall until I die

    • So the folks at Ft. Dix gave you strep throat eh? So everyone who comes down with some malady while on active duty should be compensated even if there is no service connection?

  3. I wish someone would be an advocate for changing the following:
    (1) Regular Social Security Retirement benefits currently being offset to pay student loan debt that was not able to be repaid 25-30 years ago while serving in the military; and
    (2) Including of military retirement income in calculating the federal income tax on Social Security Retirement benefits.
    Please comment if anyone agrees there is room for improvement in dealing with veteran issues.

    • I agree with you about our SSI being taxed when we get it from disability. We have already paid taxes on this money once, why do we have to pay twice? That is so unfair to the American people. It’s hard enough to make the small amount of money work for you. If my money was not taxed it would surely help me to buy meds, buy food and take care of myself a little better. Everyone that agrees with us, please write your opinion and just maybe one day soon it will help

        • I am taxed on my SDI. I DO NOT receive SSI since I’m 100% disabled thru the VA.
          Social Security is NOT welfare. I paid into it my entire life. It is an entitlement for those of us that have contributed. Those that have no, should not receive Social Security.

    • I agree that anyone who is a deadbeat and fails to repay their debts to the government should have their Social Security reduced until the debt is paid. Being a veteran should not excuse you and I’m a veteran.

    • Having worked @ VA hospital, Wash D.C. overnites in ER for 6 months, awarded honors for best “escort”, wherein I did a lot more than escorts normally do because of the kind of skeleton staff @ nite, & having worked in a nursing home for a while, including the VA nursing home, I can say without doubt that at least at the D.C. hospital, you’ll be better off waiting to be seen in a doctor’s office that accepts Medicaid patients. Unless you & other Vets that have never served in combat advocate for the privatization of care for them, all the VA ever does is violate theirs & I guess other standards of care by cutting corners..Trying to tweak & thereby misrecord medical records, thinking they are going to help you get more bennies. They LIE, in other words. You’ll lose more than your integrity.

    • Generally that is correct, you have to work 5 of the last 10 years before the onset of your disability. Payments are meant to replace lost income. Nothing is lost if you weren’t working anyway or at least 1/2 the time.

  4. I just get tired that the passwords that I had you guys keeps telling me its the wrong I only use two and both are wrong so I don’t know what you have so have a great holidays I guess I don’t need anything.

    • Hi Don,

      Please research and support HR 1205, The Social Security Fairness Act of 2017. This bill will eliminate the Gov Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The GPO, the WEP, and the taxation of SS (Social Security) retirement benefits implement a “means test” for receiving SS retirement benefits. Another words, they are meant to reduce or deny benefits because “YOU DON’T NEED THE MONEY!” This is not the purpose of SS retirement benefits. SS retirement benefits are an “earned benefit”, not entitlement (welfare) program benefits. Regardless of other income, we should receive the scheduled SS benefits we paid for just like all other wage earners. By-the-way, a spouse who receives trust fund money and did not work will receive spousal benefits, but not
      all working spouses. 81% of the victims of GPO and WEP are women!

      Thank you for raising the question.

      • Ummm I agree that ssi is not a welfare program at least in the classic sense. It’s an insurance policy for society to help you not be a burden to society hence the name
        Social security as such means testing is not unreasonable.nor is lifting the cap on who contributes, and certainly not to be used to balance the budget

    • If you have 90% you get unemployable and that will put you to 100% va just get a va consul at a vfw to fill for it.

  5. God bless all active military men and women and retired veterans! They are our true hero’s and deserve this and much much more!

  6. While you support Veterans, you refuse to support the Military Spouses, Caregivers, and those impacted by the many years of veterans services denied and impacting entire families. Military Spouse and Child suicide aren’t even considered while you discuss the 22 per day of Veterans Suicide. What happens when a spouse of caregiver of the Military Collapses? I can tell you, they are told their lives don’t matter, they are completely disregarded by government, the military, and social services!! Despite the fact that prior to their collapse they paid into this their own money for a lifetime of work and when they need it most the government which has stolen their money then denies them the ability for access to it. Especially, when unfortunate circumstances impacted their entire life and they are only asking for temporary assistance to regain the ability to get better….. You might as well be pulling the trigger on a gun yourself to these individuals, because you are making the life or death decision for many you refuse to acknowledge.

  7. I am not sure I am getting this right.
    Do you have to pay taxes on the VA Disability Money, that does not come from Social Security? Thank You.

  8. firstly thank you. your blog is very successful this site need for people cos people need to find useful information on that site.good luck

  9. My best friend was on the phone with me a few nights ago updating about some things going on in her family. One of her loved ones has been trying to better understand their social security benefits. I think it would help her family to know that this can help veterans get jobs.

  10. Question – If someone served in the Navy between July 1960 and May 1963, do they get more monthly SS than a non-veteran?

  11. I asked about the $15.00 extra a month for vets in social security a few days ago but still haven’t got a reply yet. I also mention that I am recieving dissability .

  12. Hi am a 100% DAV P/T and live in Thailand with my wife and son of both and step-son. Our son is almost 2 years old and because of my disablity I can’t stay with him all lone in our home for to long of a time. Now we sent in all of the info they wanted in the Manila office to a Richard T. Bautista. I had been in contact from before the 8th of Feb of this year now the reasons for my letter this man and the office are hard to get a hold of and has cost me and my family more than 5,000 thb and more now we can’t get them to tell us where is our paperwork I paid money for them to send back to me , Mr. Richard said he sent it out of his office on the 27of March 2018 and give it time to get to us well it’s now the 24 of April of 2018 and still no word from him on where they are or if was truly sent out . I have check with DHL the company I use to send it to them and return to me but they showed them taking two days for Richard to get in his office and sign for by a person in his office now no reading on DHL system of them getting a package from Manila or word from Manila if they did send it. Now in a talk with Richard he said all was ok with paperwork and was in his supervisor desk for his look over and that was the last word ,text or email from him or his office I sent him and told him many times I need the paperwork to be able to stay with my family and still no word from anyone and time is very short now so can you help us stay together as a family PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

  13. I was told recently that Viet Nam vets can get an increase in their monthly retirement package. Speaking of their social security package. Based on their income level at that time? Fact or fiction?

  14. Why is a 100% Disabled VET non-employability for over 4 years required to meet with SSI/ social security disability doctors? I though the BRAVE ACT stated that one is not required to be re-examined

    • Hello Renea. Just want to let you know that the law requires Social Security to conduct disability reviews periodically to see if individuals receiving disability benefits are still disabled. How often we review cases depends on the individual’s medical condition. Also, keep in mind that the Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, much different than the requirements for other government programs including veterans benefits. We hope this information helps!

  15. sir, I am survivors dependents son of wwII Homeless veteran I am hopeless I have high blood pressure need maintenance medicine and half minor blind on the left eye not see clearly I am unemployed, and very financially hard up this all denied at ssa Manila due to none social security number of father no benefits to received according to madam cuevas kristine fbu MANILA? this happened last May 16,2018 thru to our oral arguments thru to phone call? I request for reconsideration at ssa Manila until this June 21,2018 no reply from the said office what’s the next step I do the said office?
    sir we dont have ssn of my father we only file number 017315982
    sir, again what is next steps I do to u.s.ssa MANILA?

    thanks you please advice

  16. Wow! Sir nice information that you share here. I like to read your blog and I am said that in future I will serve our veterans.

  17. I called the ss 800 number in 2013 and asked how I could apply for disability benifits, I was told it could take years to get. It was suggested to me that if I was that ill to take early retirement, which I did. What I wasn’t told was how much money they would cut from my benifits. I learned that after I took retirement a new lost 25% of my retirement money. Next year I will have to live on the street. Unable to work and take care of myself. So please don’t take early retirement, it will hurt you in the long run. Trump will cut our benifits down to 79% of what we receive now. Hasn’t a clue about life.

  18. I am applying for SSi benefits. I will be 66 ion August 11,
    2018. I served in the Unite Stats Marine Corps from
    1972 – 1974. When filling out the applications for SSI
    income I am not seeing an area to indicate my Military service. Can you help and inform me if any other benefits are available for me.

    Thank you,

    Jeff Kirby

  19. wanting to find an appointment page for the Social Security Office I Manila Please and if I find said calendar with openings is it used for SSA?

  20. I’m told, and I’ve seen an online article, concerning additional payments for someone like me who is already receiving SSDI. Can you verify this for me one way or another. Thank you guys!

    • Hello Kirk. We pay disability benefits through two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
      SSDI benefits are based on earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits. The SSI program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Generally, when you apply for disability benefits, we take applications for both programs.
      Some individuals receive both benefits, if they have low income and no resources.
      To see if you’re eligible for additional disability benefits, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks!

  21. An attorney who handles Social Security claims stated to me that my Permanent & Total 100% Disability rating from military service does not make me eligible for expedited processing any longer, because that program was discontinued Why does Social Security Administration torment us with crushed hopes by posting inaccurate announcements?

    • Thank you for your service! A VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total does not guarantee that you will receive Social Security disability benefits. To be approved for Social Security benefits, you must meet Social Security’s definition of “disability.” To be found disabled:
      •You must be unable to do substantial work because of your medical condition(s); and
      •Your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year or to result in death.

      When you apply for Social Security disability benefits, Social Security automatically identifies most veterans that meet the VA 100% Permanent and Total disability compensation rating. However, in rare instances, a veteran may have to self-identify as meeting the rating and provide the VA notification letter as proof.

      See our Veterans page for more information.

  22. I served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and am very proud to be a veteran. I do receive SSDI, and am very thankful for this monthly financial support.

    • Thank you for your service, Diane. Your thoughts are important to us and we’re pleased when feedback is positive. We try hard to provide the best possible service to our customers and your satisfaction is our reward.

  23. My husband as of August 2018 now receives 100% total and permanent disability. He has been retired from working sense he was 60 years old, now he is 76 and has been on retirement SS sense 65. My question is, with his total VA compensation does that intitle him to a SS disability compensation, or Tax deduction in his SS. These are questions that have been brought to my attention. What would be our next step if this is a reality.

    • Hi, Gail. We are sorry to hear about your husband’s condition. We pay disability benefits to people under their full retirement age who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or end in death. Once people reach full retirement age, we pay them their retirement benefits. Since your husband is over his full retirement age, disability benefits are not applicable. For any income tax questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040 or you can visit their website at We hope this helps.

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