Five Ways Social Security Serves Our Veterans

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.


40 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 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

  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 .

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