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Social Security Makes Country's Veterans Priority

Local Social Security offices want to inform veterans regarding special credits from benefits.

Jack Myers, with Social Security, notes he fields many questions regarding extra benefits for military service. He says there is great potential for veterans for more benefits. Social Security will look at a person's entire earnings' history. The thirty-five best years of earnings will, then, be calculated.

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Myers explains military wages have been covered by Social Security since 1957. Extra earnings were also added through 2001 to the records those with military service. Research is done into those earnings as soon as a veteran applies.

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If a veteran's service was prior to 1967, Social Security will need to see their DD214 form. The form does not need to be seen to receive benefits if service was after 1968. Myers assures beneficiaries their offices look into this information.

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The Social Security website has a fact sheet for veterans according to Myers.

You can find all the information on www.socialsecurity.gov. Those without internet access can call 1-800-772-1213.

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