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My understanding is that since I am within 90 days of my

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My understanding is that since I am within 90 days of my 62nd birthday, I can apply for Social Security retirement benefits. I have heard that as a military retiree, I am eligible for additional benefits based on my length of service. I would like to know if that is correct and if it is, what is needed to apply.
JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?
Customer: Just these questions for now.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.

Hi. Great Questions. Yes, on social security - to apply:

https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/rib

There is a Veteran's Pension:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/PENSION/vetpen.asp

I will send you some other information in a few minutes.

Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.

Retirement Pay for those in military:

If you were in the service:

  • Before September 1980 - you are eligible for the Final Pay retirement system.
  • Between September 8, 1980 and August 1986 - you are eligible for the High 36 system.
  • After August 1986, you are eligible to choose either the High 36 retirement system, or the Career Status Bonus/REDUX (CSB) retirement system. If you decline to make a choice you will automatically receive the High 36 retirement plan.
Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.

A document on Social Security and Military Service:

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10017.pdf

Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.

I was not sure what service you were in -

For the Army - here are the contact information for their Benefits Department:

  • Local -(###) ###-####/li>
  • Toll-Free - 888-721-ARMY(###) ###-####

If you have any questions, let me know. Best Regards.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.

I was a member of the U.S. Air Force from 07/1973 to 07/1977 and again from 01/1979 to 12/1996. Since this falls into the 1967 to 2001 date range, I understand that an extra $300/mo of service will be added to my aggregate total eligible income. I need to take my DD for 214 to the SS office in order to qualify for the additional sum.

Not that I'll receive and additional $300/mo. but that much will be added to my already existing contribution.

Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.

This site will give you some retirement pay calculations, as well, which may be helpful:

http://militarypay.defense.gov/Calculators.aspx

Customer: replied 2 months ago.

Since I retired in 1997, I am aware of what my retired pay is.

Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.

Hi. Just checking what your question is. Thank you.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.

Guess I don't really have any other questions. You pretty much told me what I already knew.

Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.

Thank you.

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