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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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What is this on the internet about if you served active duty

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What is this on the internet about if you served active duty from 1957 to 2001 you are entitled to a bigger social security check?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 2 years ago.

This is a special benefit, where by your recorded SS earnings are increased slightly for those years in eligible service at the relevant time. Because our SS benefit is calculated based off of our recorded SS earnings, this increase recorded income thereby increases your monthly SS benefit incrementally. The increase is reflected after one applies for Social Security, because prior that the SSA doesn't know of a person's eligible military time. Thus, one's 'estimated' SS benefits may be off a bit, based on this difference. (There are other reasons it may be off as well, that are not pertinent here.) Once one applies for Social Security, and answers the military questions, the proper amount is added in and the benefit calculation performed accordingly.

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