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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
Category: Social Security
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How much will I get? I make $34,000 a year from VA money. I

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How much will I get? I make $34,000 a year from VA money. I am 61 and a half years old and I want to start at 62 years old!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

OK, as you may not know, what you get will depend on your SS primary insurance amount - this figure is calculated based on your top 35 years of earnings where you paid SS tax. As such, given the complexity of figuring it out - you look to the SSA for that. They have provided us with online access to each of our own annual SS earnings statements, so that if you have not received recently or have lost it, you can download it again. You can go to and download that document. This is the same document that they used to mail to everyone a few months before their birthdays, but have largely stopped doing so for budgetary reason. On that document, you will also see what your amount will be if you decided to reduce it by collecting it early, at 62, vs. 66+ vs. 70. The longer you wait to collect, up to 70, the bigger your checks will be.

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