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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. Terry F.

    I have a question. I have been retired for 7 years and draw social security, I am also a veteran with 30% disability. Do I qualify for disability insurance? Thank you

  2. koka

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  3. Ekijah J.

    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.

  4. Jane B.

    We were never advised when my husband applied for SS that he was entitled to additional SS. He served overseas during World War two for three years. He expired of Congestive Heart Failure on 09/11/2011. I am now 91.

  5. Jimmy R.

    Thanks for your publication. I did not know what you have informed me. I am a Vietnam Veteran with 70% PTSD. Thanks God and to my son we have a chance with my wife for 58 years to live with him. However, is there any additional benefits that I can receive from the social security? Please

    • Luis A.

      Hi Jimmy. You may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include for example, free meals, housekeeping help, and transportation assistance. To get information about services in your area please contact your state or local social services or welfare office. You should also contact your local Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Program Coordinator) to discuss your health insurance options. We hope this helps.

  6. Jackie C.

    I am thankful for the VA every day of my life. I read, hear, NewsMedia providing invalid information about VA. Obviously they never served, are unaware of the extensive medical Resources and professional treatment Military and Veterans receive .

    Now 75 years old, Over the years employed by major manufacturing companies from the 60’s – 2000’s from California to Florida and Texas, New Mexico, Arizona in the south, Wisconsin, Tennessee, where I have resided long enough to need Medical services, from active duty to independent agent Military/Veteran medical centers have provided me with whatever services were/are required to keep at optimum health. Without these services I would have expired long ago.

    I Hope and Pray the VA continues to serve /served as the VA keeps abreast of new medical procedures and resources that no private medical establishments are capable or have the experience, opportunity, or access to the eventual matrix of human metaphysical domain.

    Likely the VA will lead us into future informational systems whereby the human matrix is defined and used to provide military and veterans with optimal healthcare utilizing state of art information technology and artificial intelligence IT-AI

  7. Diane R.

    Thank you for helping my fellow veterans, SSA! I am truly grateful for your service in our country.

  8. David K.

    Saying the SSA is helping veterans is a joke, they are more hindrance than help when it comes to retirement, their application of WEP and GPO allows them to steal earned benefits from veterans. Just ask any dual status military technician their opinion of SSA policy.

  9. charles r.

    as a veteran do I qualify for an added benefit? I’m not disabled, I was told that as a veteran I can receive an extra $100.00 a month. I’m just checking to see if it true. Thank You

    • Luis A.

      Hi Charles. Thank you for your question. Generally, you can get credit for military service from 1957 through 2001. Under certain circumstances, we can add extra credits to your records for military service from 1957 through 2001. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit. Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty for training. They are not granted for inactive duty training. If you are eligible, for every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are credited with an additional $100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1,200 a year. Visit our Retirement Planner: Special Extra Earnings for Military Service, for more information. We hope this helps.

  10. Richard F.

    I am a retired veteran having served in the Navy from 1955-1963. I will be 82 in December. As result of several illnesses I am unable to hold a regular job and currently rely upon my social security check each month to pay my mortgage and other expenses leaving very little extra income to survive on. Is it possible I can obtain extra income from social security because of my service in the armed forces, and if so, how do I begin collecting it??

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