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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.