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Social Security Honors the Nation’s Heroes on Memorial Day

May 28, 2018 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

man in wheel chair and womanOn Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits.

The loss of a family member is difficult for anyone. Social Security helps by providing benefits to protect service members’ dependents. Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. You can learn more about Social Security survivors benefits on our website.

It’s also important to recognize those service members who are still with us, especially those who have been wounded. Just as they served us, we have the obligation to serve them. Social Security has 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 provide expedited processing of disability claims filed by veterans who have a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent & Total (P&T). The VA and Social Security each 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 on our website for wounded warriors.

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 today. You may also want to visit the Military Service page of our Retirement Planner.

Service members are also eligible for Medicare at age 65. If you have health insurance from the VA or under the TRICARE or CHAMPVA programs, your health benefits may change, or end, when you become eligible for Medicare. Visit us to learn more about Medicare benefits.

In acknowledgment of those 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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  1. John H.

    I have a posting on fb that said if you had active duty from 1975 to 2001 you are eligible for increased social security benefits. Would like more information on this.

    • R.F.

      Hello John, under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for periods of active duty from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your Social Security earnings record for benefit purposes. If your active duty was after 1967, the extra earnings are already on your record.
      See “Special Extra Earnings for Military Service” for complete information.

  2. cynthia h.

    i don’t understand?
    have just found out that my identity has been stolen for a long, long time.
    how can i start receiving the benefits i have been denied for at least the last 5 years?
    I have just found out that my medical is terminal due to cancer and other terrible things.
    I need medical help asap.

  3. Sparks

    My father served in the 1950’s, and has been deceased for thirty years now. I was supposed to get benefits, but the guy who ran the veteran affairs office in our small town took it upon himself to insist on sexual favors from the widows and my mother refused. So we didn’t get the benefits. So now I wonder if there’s any chance, but these websites just keep moving someone around and around websites, never getting a real answer… Thanks, shows my father was just fodder in a war machine….

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  4. Vicki M.

    Difficult to change address

    • R.F.

      We are sorry that your having difficulties trying to change your address, Vicky.
      If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  5. Kamil

    Thanksa lot for the article post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  6. Diana W.

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  7. Robert B.

    I am and have been a 100% disabled Veteran since 1960, I have 100% VA disability should I apply for SS? Thanlk You

  8. jatinderkumarjaswal

    my gold star families.

  9. Lesly F.

    My memories is fatally memories after 30 years suffering with major and manic Depression.now i am a survivor been 32 years in this country.

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  10. JIM

    When vets were in service 1950’s income about $75 month that is SS record for income earned. NOt FAIR

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