There are ways for veterans to get Social Security benefits that are often overlooked.
The typical benefit for veterans is $1,350 each month.
Social Security Disability
Veterans that are disabled and can prove inability to work may be able to claim disability. However, you do need to be able to prove that it will last at least 12 months.
For those who qualify, the monthly benefit is continuously updated according to the national average. In 2022, the monthly average is $1,350. The SSA has put together a factsheet on Social Security disability if you have questions.
Social Security Survivor benefits
If a military member dies but has worked and paid into Social Security, some of those taxes pay for the survivor benefit. Survivors’ benefits are paid to widows, widowers, and dependents of eligible workers, including veterans.
This benefit is especially helpful for veterans that leave behind young families. The benefit amount is determined by the deceased person’s earnings, and they must have worked long enough to qualify.
The SSA should be notified of their death as soon as it happens. Surviving families can’t apply online. But you can call 1-800-325-0778 or contact your local office.
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