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Veterans and Social Security Disability

If a worker becomes disabled before reaching retirement age, he or she may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.  This includes our veterans. Each year on today's date, we observe Veterans Day and honor the men and women who have served in our nation's Armed Forces. And we think it is important that they know just what benefits they can count on from Social Security.

Like most working Americans, all current military personnel pay Social Security taxes and earn Social Security coverage. Earnings for active duty military service or active duty training have been covered under Social Security since 1957. Also, earnings for inactive duty service in the reserves have had Social Security coverage since 1988. By paying Social Security taxes and earning coverage, veterans may be eligible Social Security Disability benefits in addition to any benefits they may be eligible for through the Veterans Administration.

In addition to regular military pay, Social Security adds special earnings credits to an individual's Social Security record when he or she serves in the military. The extra earnings are for periods of active duty or active duty training. If, for example, a person served in the military between 1957 and 1977, he or she has been credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which active duty basic pay was earned. These extra earnings may help someone qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of the Social Security benefit. 

We would like to thank all of the veterans who have served in our nation's Armed Forces! 

 

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