Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
Dear Vidor, Texas:
Thank you for asking JustAnswer for assistance. The amount of Social Security benefits an individual receives is based on their contributions while the person worked.
It is possible that one of the reasons that you and your husband are not receiving a lot of Social Security is that your wages were low when one, or both, of you were on military duty. However, because someone retiring from the military receives military retirement benefits (which should be at least half of your last pay on active duty), the VA and Social Security consider the military retirement benefits to complement the Social Security benefits.
If you believe your benefits are not high enough because all of your contributions were not properly credited to your Social Security account, there are social security attorneys who can help you. Social Security attorneys will usually consult on the issue at no cost.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).