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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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I was told and also read it somewhere that military personal

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I was told and also read it somewhere that military personal were entitled up to an additional $1200 a year if they served between 1957 and 2001, but they had to ask for it because the SSD does not volinteer this infirmation. You have to show your discharge papers, form DD214.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 2 years ago.

Well, it is not exactly that, unfortunately. What they are actually entitled to is an addition of $300 to their reported income per quarter (yes, $1200 per year). When our reported SS taxed income increases, so does our later benefit rate (i.e. your primary insurance amount). When we get our estimated future benefit statement, over the years, it does not include this $300 per quarter extra income earned amount, because the SSA is not privvy to your military records as a matter of course. However, when we FILE for our benefits and our application is approved, and the primary insurance amount is determined (not estimated based on inaccurate numbers), that higher income base, upon which our benefit calculations are applied to get our benefit amount, is not included. So, once you apply, prove your service, that income will be added and your PIA determined. But, yes, it IS asked for in SS applications - I do them every week, and the military questions ARE asked. It is not a secret and it is asked on the application.

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