Military Service And Social Security

Veteran’s Day is almost here so today’s topic is military service and Social Security. As usual, follow the Social Security website links for more information. Q: Can I receive both Social Security and military retirement? A: Yes. Active duty military service has been Social Security covered employment since 1957. Generally, there is no reduction of…
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Are Any Illnesses Automatically Approved For Social Security Disability?

Q: Are any illnesses automatically approved for Social Security disability? A: Not automatically approved, but several ways are used to speed up the medical decision for certain medical circumstances.  Social Security disability has both work and medical requirements. The separate, need based, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program has financial limits and the same adult medical…
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Social Security And Your Other Pensions – WEP

His question was “Will his military retirement will reduce his Social Security retirement?” It will not as explained below but the question brings up a topic that I have not mentioned for a while, the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). As a general rule, pensions are not considered in the amount of your Social Security benefit. Pensions…
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SSA Annual Statistical Supplement, 2014, Available

The Social Security Annual Statistical Supplement, 2014, is available now. Prepared annually since 1940, the Supplement is a major resource for data on our nation’s social insurance and welfare programs. The majority of the statistical tables present information about programs administered by the Social Security Administration—the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program (OASDI), known collectively…
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SSA Disability Decision Expedited For Vets With 100% VA Compensation

Requirements for Social Security and VA disability programs are very different. Eligibility for one does not mean eligibility for the other. With that reminder, on March 17, the Social Security Administration began expediting disability claims for veterans who have a disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total (P&T) by the Department of Veterans Affairs…
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