Social Security Honors Our Military Heroes

May 25, 2020 • By

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Last Updated: May 25, 2020

On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who have given their lives for our country. Families, friends, and communities pause to remember the many great sacrifices of our military and ensure their legacy lives on in the freedoms we all enjoy. We recognize these heroes who, in President Lincoln’s words, “gave the last full measure of devotion.”

The benefits we provide can help the families of military service members. For example, 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.

We also offer support to our wounded warriors. Social Security benefits protect veterans when an injury prevents them from returning to active duty or performing other work. Wounded military service members can receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims. Are you a veteran with a 100% Permanent & Total compensation rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs? We will expedite your disability claim. Both the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Social Security Administration have disability programs. You may qualify for disability benefits through one program but not the other, or you may qualify for both. Depending on your situation, some of your family members, including your dependent children or spouse, may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Want more information? Visit our Veterans page for answers to commonly asked questions or to find information about the application process.

Thinking about retirement? Military service members can receive Social Security benefits in addition to their military retirement benefits. For details, read the Military Service page of our Retirement Planner.

Please share this information with the military families in your community. To the veterans who bravely served and died for our country, and to the military service members who serve today, we honor and thank you.


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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


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  2. Vincent T.

    Hi. The IRS sent a Stimulus payment to me on July 31, 2020 by mail (and probably a subsequent) as per below status message from the IRS Get My Payment.
    But I have not received it.
    Please assist! It has been almost 9 weeks.

    I am a SS benifiaciary in South Africa SSN *** – ** – ***
    I tried Direct Deposit but failed because the Swift is as per my record on your database which is 8 characters and does not to load as routing number on the IRS database, as the required routing number is 9 characters for US only.

    Here is my Status on the IRS site:

    Payment Status

    We scheduled your check to be mailed on July 31, 2020 to the address we have on file for you.

    You may choose to provide your bank account information at this time to receive any potential future payment via direct deposit.

    Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your payment.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Vincent, thank you for your question. Please visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center to answer your questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more. If you are unable to find the answer, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

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  4. Willie E.

    I’m 100% disabled 61 year’s old Army veteran who has applied for SSDI can i receive a rapid responce in processing my application? because i have not received it after waiting since 2018.Thank you for service in advance Willie E. Harris, USA Retired

  5. Elizabeth A.

    I REALLY WANT A STRAIGHT ANSWER PLEASE! I’ve been LEGALLY DISABLED since 2011. I AM STILL receiving my monthly Benefits via Direct Deposit.
    I received a 1099 for Federal Income Tax and filed 2019 Taxes by April 15th. I didn’t receive a Tax Refund because I owed tax money and I paid it. HOWEVER, I still HAVE NOT RECEIVED the First STIMULUS CHECK!! The IRS ” Get My Payment” portal had ALWAYS returned a message ” Status Unavailable”!!! What can I do to receive the payment??!!!; My Direct Deposit information has NOT CHANGED! As I stated earlier, I Still receive my monthly Disability payments through Direct Deposit!! Lastly, I AM A VETERAN as well!! I Served Our Country, My Country, the USA HONORABLY! I’m VERY DISAPPOINTED with this Situation!!! Please Help!!

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Elizabeth. Please visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center to answer your questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more. If you are unable to find the answer, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

    • John J.

      If calling the IRS hotline does not work for you, I’d contact your local congressman.

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  7. Mara r.

    The problem that the boomers are seeing is that if you were a stay at home parent you are punished by having pennies on the dollar for your social security.

    • Wayne R.

      Representative payee program,they consider me unable to handle my finances,funny though I probably made more than them over the course of my life,they gave me SSI instead of SSDI.even though I had enough work credits.iam a vet if I had a break down at one point ,that’s supposed to stick with me.fuck the government and vets matter , I s BS.

      • John J.

        SSI is for those with low earnings. I hardly think you lead the working for high wages parade.

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