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Experience:  Retired Marine Corps lawyer and Veterans Services Officer (VSO) with 12+ yrs. of experience.
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Quest.. Medically Retired Reg Officer USAF with 80% rating

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Quest.. Medically Retired Reg Officer USAF with 80% rating (90% VA rating) . Naturalized U.S. Citizen. Living back in Portugal (country of birth) 9 years now.
If i renounce U.S. citizenship what will i loose? Currently 68 years old and drawing reg SS benefits.
Thank you!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 1 year ago.
Hi, My name is Philip. I am an attorney with over 16 years experience. Hopefully I can help you with your legal question.
Retired officers & retired enlisted may not voluntarily renounce U.S. citizenship...doing do may result in loss of retired pay and VA benefits.
If you renounced your US citizenship, you are considered a non-resident alien (NRA) and the US Social Security rules for NRAs apply. Generally speaking these require you to return to the US for at least one month out of every six to receive social security.
Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

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