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My name is ***** *****, I am retired Army. How does that

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Customer: My name is ***** *****, I am retired Army. How does that affect my Social Security Benefices? I turn 62 in 2017 Oct. How doe that effect my wife who is 53?
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Customer: I receive a retirement and disability for 24yrs service.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  LawTalk replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

First of all, from one veteran to another, thank you for your service to our country.

While there is a special, extra earnings amount which is added to the annual earnings of service members who since 1957 have had military service earnings for active duty, it is not a direct benefit to the retiree, but rather adds additional income to the quarterly earnings registered with social security, which indirectly increases the ultimate social security retirement benefit received by the veteran.

The income added to the earnings during the active duty year’s amounts to $300 per quarter for time served on active duty. This results in a very small increase in the full retirement benefit of the retired veteran. There is no special benefit for veterans of the Viet Nam war that served overseas. The special, extra earnings amount applies to all service members who served from 1957 through 2001.

And under the rules of social security, for military service

  • From 1957 through 1967, they will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Security benefits.
  • From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.
  • After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service.

Here is a link to the social security site which describes this extra earnings amount:

http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm

The only effect your military service would have on your wife would to be a secondary benefit---because her spouse benefit would be a bit higher because your primary benefit is higher as a result of the military extra earnings amount.

You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.

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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,

Doug