Mixing Social Security & Veteran Benefits
Georgina Tzanetos notes military members have been covered by the Social Security system since 1957. There is generally no reduction of Social Security benefits because one receives military retirement benefits, as there is for certain municipal employees via WEP and GPO. Thus veterans can receive two monthly benefit checks at the same time. Social Security benefits are based on earnings and the age vets begin to start receiving benefits, just like everyone else. The SSA states that under certain circumstances, special earnings can be credited to your military pay record for Social Security purposes. She explains that in the full article here.
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