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1 November 2011, 05:47
Not sure if this has been posted before. It might not be too much money, but every little bit helps....

DD FORM 214 -- EXTRA SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT for those with active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001
See the web site & notes below to possibly increase your Social Security Benefits.

DD FORM 214 -- SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT Please share this with anyone who had active duty service between January 1957 to December 31,
2001, and planning for retirement. In a nutshell it boils down to this: You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service,
for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with 1 January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at
time of application - which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement. You must bring your DD-214
to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it! Soc Sec website: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm
This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road. It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on
active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001.
FYI - this benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it! We've all been on active duty between 1957 and 2001 or know someone who has.
Passing on good information for all you military folks when you apply for social security. I know this may be too early for some of you to think about
social security but, keep living and you will get there.

1 November 2011, 16:53
Just wondering, did they close this benefit in 2002 through legislation, and everybody else has just been grandfathered in?

1 November 2011, 17:10
According to the SS website this was "automatic" when I signed on for SS last year. I do recall the online form had a question on my dates of service. I think I was given this added benefit but I don't know. Worth the time for me to call and ask though; thank you for the heads-up!

1 November 2011, 18:31
Good info, thanks.

1 November 2011, 18:53
Ha, cool to know. Thanks for posting it....

1 November 2011, 19:21
Thanks for posting this although I'm still quite away from retiring. :smile:

1 November 2011, 20:13
You folks that are interested in this should visit the Veterans Benefits Network. The folks there are subject matter experts and any questions you have on this subject have been hammered out already.

* From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.
* After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service.

1 November 2011, 20:23
Forwarded to my dad, thank you.

2 November 2011, 06:09
My service was automatically credited ('65-'68).

4 November 2011, 11:28
Good info!

21 January 2012, 11:40
Further clarification on automatic/not automatic benefits; slightly different web page.
A quick and, likely, worthy read.

21 January 2012, 12:07
Well that would be me...1960 to 1980.

21 January 2012, 14:04
I'm a ways from collecting Social Security at this point, but I have an uncle who served and is already collecting Social Security. I'll pass this along to him and keep it in mind myself later.