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Veterans and Active Duty Military Members: Social Security Has Your Back!

November 10, 2021 • By

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Last Updated: November 10, 2021

Veterans Day 2021Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our country. Our disability program is part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. Social Security is an important resource for military members who return home with injuries. If you know a wounded veteran, please let them know about our Wounded Warriors webpage.

Our Wounded Warriors webpage answers many questions commonly asked about Social Security, and shares useful information about disability benefits. On this page, you can learn how Social Security benefits are different from benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. We also explain how veterans can expedite the processing of their Social Security disability claims if they become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

Active duty military service members who continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they’re unable to work due to a disabling condition. Active duty status and receipt of military pay doesn’t necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits.

We honor veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the respect they deserve. Please let these heroes know they can count on us when they need us most. They’ve earned these benefits! Our webpages are easy to share on social media and by email with your friends and family. Please consider passing this information along to someone who may need it.

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  1. Beverly O.

    I didnt get the full amount of my backpay

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Beverly. We are sorry to hear that. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific case concerns. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  2. David L.

    I am a retired Military Veteran and also retired from Civil Service. Paid into social security with my military time, Did not pay into it with my civil service. I have been rated at 100% disabled my the V.A. My question is why can I not draw the full amount from Social Security that I paid in?

  3. George H.

    Social Security is great they help alot of beople

  4. Charles E.

    Good evening, I am an Air Force Veteran and receiving 100% VA Disability Compensation for Service connected. I am looking for guidance on answers of how does the Social Security Retirement and SSDI effect my VA Disability? Also, what would be the best to file for Social Security retirement or SSDI?? I do not want lose any of my VA Disability.
    Thank you in advance.
    Charles Jones

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Charles. Thanks for your question. Generally, there is no reduction of Social Security benefits because of your military benefits. However, Social Security benefits may affect benefits payable under the VA – Veterans Benefit Administration. We recommend that you contact the VA or your military advisor, for an explanation of its income limitations, prior to applying for Social Security benefits. We hope this information helps.


  5. Norris W.

    Hello, I am a 32 year Army retiree. I was approved SSDI Sept 2021 and currently waiting in 5 month waiting period. Will they wave the remaining months after new policy goes into effect? As of now I can not draw my first check until April, any SSDIs approved after 1 January will receive will have theirs immediately. Please advise.

    Thank You and HNY

    • Vonda

      Hi Norris, thank you for using our blog and for your service! Social Security disability benefits will not begin until the sixth full month of disability. The Social Security disability waiting period begins with the first full month after the date we decide your disability began. There is no waiting period if your disability results from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and you were approved for benefits on or after July 23, 2020. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for more details.

      • Gueye m.

        Massamba gueye I thanked the American government for giving Africa a lot of vaccine for coronavirus, it is very important. Good luck America long live peace everyone long live peace

  6. Jason M.

    Beginning with the month you reach full retirement age, earnings no longer reduce your benefits, no matter how much you earn. If you’re under full retirement age for the entire year, then we deduct $1 from benefit payments for every $2 earned above the annual limit https://vidmate.bet/.

    • Kenneth M.

      I have been disappointed by SSI. I have been disabled since 2013 ,75% and now 100% since 2017. Applied twice and have been turned down. If it weren’t for the VA I would have been on the street. Instead, my wife and child left me. Thanks social “Security”.

  7. Nelson R.

    GM. Am a retired army, service a total of 32 years, active, reserve and national guard, I am service connected disable 100% and retired from social security, am intare to addional income from SSR??. 347-204-3784 armyvaretired39@gmail.com.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Nelson. First of all, we thank you for your service to this country. It sounds like you are referring to special earning credits for military service. These special earnings credits are added to your earnings record when you apply for Social Security benefits. Keep in mind, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service after 2001. For more information on special extra earnings for military service, visit our Retirement Planner page .  If you have further questions, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 8:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

      • Nelson R.

        GM. Thank you for your reply to my question. I will check if am intired to additional income.

        thanks again, merry christmas, felis navidad.

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