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American Legion Post 1776

Serving Veterans since 1976

DD 214 Increased Social Security Benefits For Vets

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From the Commander
January 14, 2015

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.

17 thoughts on “DD 214 Increased Social Security Benefits For Vets

  1. Could you tell me is this still for veterans . I want to make sure before I go down to the office and sit for hrs. I am on SSS and am a Viet Nam Vet. Thank You.

    1. You have to be a veteran with an honorable DD-214. You must bring your DD-214 discharge paper with you and ask for the benefit as the article states.

    1. You should contact your nearest social security office. When I signed up for Social Security, they asked me for my DD-214. So I would think it would have been added in at the time you signed up for it. But I’d still check it out if you are unsure.

  2. Hello my name is mr Jeffery Bomia from southgate michigan I just seen on the internet that I can recieve more money from social security if I served on the dates stated I served in the gulf war I was on active duty from 1985-1993 sO i NEED to bring my dd214 to my local social security office and ask them about getting more money how do I go about this? Please call me and let me know how I do this 734-281-1991

    1. You asked ” sO i NEED to bring my dd214 to my local social security office and ask them about getting more money how do I go about this?”

      As stated: Bring your DD-214 to the social security office and ask them how you can sign up for this benefit or if you are already receiving it.

    1. You would have to ask the Social Security Administration. I am not qualified to answer questions like yours.

  3. Do they still perform the service with the 21 gun salute and taps for the veterans. I had heard that they had stop because they couldn’t or didn’t have the troops to provide this service any more for veterans. This is the high light for the veteran and their family to go them a big going out for the service that they had performed for the cause.

    1. You said “they couldn’t or didn’t have the troops to provide this service for veterans.” The Post 1776 Color and Honor Guard presides at such ceremonies.

  4. Aaron, there is a very common misconception about a 21 Gun Salute.

    According to the US Army Center of Military History a “salute of 21 guns is only fired in honor of a national flag, the sovereign or chief of state of a foreign nation, a member of a reigning royal family, and the President, ex-President and President-elect of the United States. It is also fired at noon of the day of the funeral of a President, ex-President, or President-elect.” The guns the Military History Center refers to are Cannons not rifles. Honoring our Veterans at funerals today may include a Three Volley fire from a number of rifles of an Honor Guard; the number of rifles used may vary depending on the size of the Guard. As I read the history, the purpose of the rifle fire is to draw attention that “something very important is about to happen”. Typical the Playing of Taps and the burial of a fallen hero.

    Arlington National Cemetery has active duty Honor Guards, some National Cemeteries have volunteer Memorial Rifle Squads that perform military style funerals. Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN has one of the best volunteer groups. Check your local American Legion or VFW to inquiry if they have an Honor Guard that performs these services at local cemeteries or for local honors. As noted above, the Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776 has an Honor Guard that performs these services.

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