Social Security Honors and Supports Military Members

May 24, 2019 • By

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" "Every year, on Memorial Day, the nation honors service members who have given their lives for our freedom. Social Security acknowledges the sacrifice of our military’s service members, and we honor these heroes and their families who may need help through the benefits we provide.

Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. You can learn more about those benefits on our Survivors Benefits page.

It’s also important to recognize those service members who have been wounded. Social Security offers benefits to protect veterans when an injury prevents them from returning to active duty or performing other work.

Wounded military service members can also receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims. For example, Social Security will expedite disability claims filed by veterans who have a 100 percent Permanent & Total compensation rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Both the VA and Social Security have disability programs. You may find that you qualify for disability benefits through one program but not the other, or that you qualify for both. Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel, including dependent children, and, in some cases, spouses, may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. You can get answers to commonly asked questions and find useful information about the application process by visiting our Veterans page.

Service members can also receive Social Security in addition to military retirement benefits. The good news is that your military retirement benefit generally does not reduce your Social Security retirement benefit. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits. You may also want to visit the Military Service page of our Retirement Planner.

Please share this information with a military family who may not know about these benefits. In acknowledgment of those heroes who died for our country, those who served, and those who serve today, we at Social Security honor and thank you.

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. Pamela J.

    My husband passed away 10/13/17 the only thing I get from his SSI is $ 19.00. His adopted son get over a thousand dollars. I did all the care in of him.

  2. Roy W.

    I have no earnings for the year of 2011. I know I had earnings but the records I had been lost. I had the same employer in 2011 that I had in 2010. I filed income tax 2011 and 2012. I had the same employer from 2008 to 2013. I missing a whole year of earnings. When I sent ss the claim form I never heard back.

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  8. Tony R.

    I have been dealing with a game I don’t work done and I was seeing if there was any coverage on my Social Security for my dental work I spent $3000 already in a price and a 2000 and don’t worry I’m getting so sick security email would you please call me back at 205-602-0476 my name is Tony Ricketts

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Tony. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. Medicare may pay for dental services in specific cases. To learn more, go here. For more information about Medicare, check out our publication. We hope this helps.

  9. Erica

    They’re cutting me off now. Im p&t medically retired from the army. Im trying to appeal their decision.

  10. Mary J.

    19 years 9 months of service, and they said I’m am 3 months short from receiving a requirement check, who can help me get the military to credit me the retirements I need to receive a retirement check?

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