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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

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. PRIYA S.

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  4. Earl W.

    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?

    • Ray F.

      Hello Earl. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their nearest Federal Benefits Unit. For a complete list of Federal Benefits Units and contact information, visit: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign. Thanks!

  5. Jeff K.

    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

  6. Gil c.

    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.

    • Jerry S.

      Took me 10 years

  7. Dr N.

    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.

  8. Restituto D.

    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

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