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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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  1. Medias

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  2. Guiseppe R.

    Do veterans serving from 1957 to 1960 receive additional benefits ?

    • Vonda V.

      Hello Guiseppe. Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.

      Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for periods of active duty from 1957 through 2001 can also be credited to your Social Security earnings record for benefit purposes.

      •If you were in the active military service from 1957 through 1967, special extra earnings are added to your earnings record when you apply for Social Security benefits.
      •If your active duty was after 1967, the extra earnings are already on your record.

      There are no special extra earnings credits for military service after 2001.

      These special earnings credits are added to your earnings record automatically when you apply for Social Security benefits.

      Please read our publication: Military Service and Social Security for more information.

  3. Gail M.

    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.

    • Ann C.

      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 http://www.irs.gov/. We hope this helps.

  4. Bob

    Wings For Warriors ( http://wingsforwarriors.org/ ) helps the veterans so much! Truly the best organization!

  5. Joseph S.

    As a Vet I appreciate what the Social Security programs do for our disabled fellow vets.


    • Vonda V.

      Thank you for your service, Joseph! 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.

  6. Diane R.

    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.

    • Ray F.

      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.

  7. M. G.

    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?

    • Vonda V.

      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.

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  10. Kirk D.

    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!

    • Ray F.

      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!

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