Reference DD FORM 214 — SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT
In summary: You may 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 take your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it!
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.
FYI – this benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it! We’ve all been
on active duty between 1957 and 2001 or know someone who has.
To obtain a copy of your DD-214 go to this website http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
Please pass on this information to other military veterans you know.
Thanks to Officer Walter Hurt of Precinct 02/Woodlawn who is currently serving abroad and the Regional Resource Coordinator Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans Project State of Maryland- Southern Region for this reminder.
We all thank Major Randall Russin (Retired) for his many years of service to the Baltimore County Police Department and the nation as a Marine (Vietnam). Please contact me anytime you have questions or require assistance with veterans related issues.
Officer/Veterans Affairs Ombudsman
Baltimore County Police Department
700 E. Joppa Road
Towson, MD. 21286
(410) 887-2200 – office
(443) 468-8689 – cell