Veterans and transitioning Service members with active duty service between January 1957 and December 31, 2001 may qualify for a higher Social Security payment as a result of their military service. Eligible Service members must present their DD 214 in person at their local Social Security office to apply for this benefit.
Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to a Service member or veteran’s record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help Service members and veterans qualify for Social Security, or may increase the amount of their Social Security benefit.
For more information about these special extra earnings credits, as well as for more information about eligibility requirements and application procedures, please visit the Social Security Administration Web site