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Social Security Benefits for the Military

Posted on February 22, 2016

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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 as 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.

How to Qualify for Social Security
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.

Military Service and Extra Earnings
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. As your Cuyahoga Social Security disability attorney will tell you, the amount you can earn depends on which time period you served in the military:

• 1940-1956: While these veterans did not pay into Social Security, they can still take a $160 per month credit. You must have been honorably discharged with 90 days or more of service or released due to a disabling injury that you received in action. If you are a survivor of a veteran who died during active duty, you will also be entitled to this credit.
• 1957-1977: These veterans paid into Social Security, and are able to take a $300 credit for each calendar quarter of your career.
• 1978-2001: Veterans during this era are entitled to receive an extra $100 for every $300 earned in active duty pay, with a maximum of $1,200 per year.

It should be noted that veterans after 2001 are not entitled to this special credit.

Disability and Survivor Benefits
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.

Call a Cuyahoga County Disability Attorney
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 Oreh to arrange a consultation at 216-896-0935.

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