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Since 1957, military personnel have paid into Social Security. While the Social Security benefits you are entitled to as a veteran are largely the same as those for civilians, you may qualify for special extra earnings for your military service. If you have difficulty obtaining Social Security benefits such as disability, a Cuyahoga Social Security disability attorney can help.
There are a number of programs under the umbrella of Social Security. Each carries its own qualification requirements. Retirement benefits, for instance, generally require that you have paid into the system for ten years, or 40 quarters, enumerated as credits. The amount to which you are entitled will depend upon how much you earned in the course of your career. In essence, the higher your earnings are, the larger your benefit will be. Your age when you begin to draw Social Security will also affect your benefit amount. While you can take early retirement at age 62, you will permanently make much less than if you wait.
Many veterans are entitled to extra earnings. While these are not added to your benefit amount, they can work to increase the amount you ultimately receive. Your Cuyahoga Social Security Disability Attorney will tell you that the amount you can earn depends on which time period you served in the military:
It should be noted that veterans after 2001 are not entitled to this special credit.
If you are a service person, you have the same eligibility for Social Security disability as civilians. It is important to keep in mind that a disability by the standards of the SSA is a condition that prevents you from working any job for at least 12 months, or is likely to result in death.
If you are denied SSD or another benefit to which you believe you are entitled, a Cuyahoga Social Security disability attorney may be able to help. Call Attorney John Paul Oreh to arrange a consultation at 216-896-0935.