Disability, SSI

Five Ways Social Security Serves Our Veterans

November 9, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

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.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Renea

    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

    • Ray F.

      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!

  2. Don R.

    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?

  3. James M.

    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!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Lou H.

    What about Korea Vets. I see no mention.

  5. john a.

    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 .

  6. Robert H.

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

  7. Stock P.

    hi there I really like the blog you have set up here. Thanks and keep up the great work!


  8. Alexandria M.

    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. https://cooklaw.org/murray/

  9. Toney L.

  10. disgrunted v.

    your agency scams the public as thousands die waiting on a worthless agency. You don’t care about veterans

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