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I am 67 year old veteran and I receive 1210.00 ss benefits

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I am 67 year old veteran and I receive 1210.00 ss benefits is there any way for me to increase this payment
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  lev-tax replied 10 months ago.

You may not just increase social security benefits because benefits are based on your working history,

HOWEVER

- you might want to verify if benefits are calculated correctly, and

- you might want to seek additional public assistance

Expert:  lev-tax replied 10 months ago.

Many people wonder how the SSA figures their Social Security retirement benefit.

The Social Security Administration bases Social Security benefits on your lifetime earnings. They adjust or index your actual earnings to account for changes in average wages since the year the earnings were received.

Then Social Security calculates your average indexed monthly earnings during the 35 years in which you earned the most. And after that - they apply a formula to these earnings and arrive at your basic benefit, or primary insurance amount.

This is how much you would receive at your full retirement age. So depending on your earning record - it is possible that there are some missing years or earning.

If so - that could affect your social security benefit calculations and you may contact the Social Security Administration.

Following publication might be helpful for better understanding the calculations

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10070.pdf

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