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Special Veterans Benefits
Under the Social Security Act, certain World War II Veterans can receive Special Veterans Benefits.
You may be eligible for Special Veterans Benefits if you served in the active U.S. military from September 16, 1940 - July 24, 1947. This also includes Filipino veterans that served in the Philippine military from July 26,1941 - December 30, 1946. The Special Veterans benefits are available for the months that eligible veterans live outside the United States.
This Special Veterans benefits cannot be paid to the veterans' survivors or dependents.
Are You Eligible For Special Veterans Benefits?
To receive Special Veterans Benefits, you must meet all of the following criteria:
1. As of December 14, 1999 you had to be 65 years of age or older.
2. You had to be a World War II Veteran that served in the active U.S. or Phillipine military during the dates listed above.
3. You must reside outside of the United States.
4. During December 1999, you had to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
5. The month you apply for Special Veterans Benefits, you must be eligible for SSI.
6. Have other benefit income that is less than 75% of the current SSI federal benefit rate.
Your Special Veterans Benefits Information
If you are eligible to receive the benefits, you will get your benefits for every month that you live outside the United States on the first day of each month.
You will lose your benefits if you no longer live outside of the United States, you visit the U.S. and stay for more than a full calendar month, you come to visit the U.S. and decided to stay.
The amount of your veterans benefits can not be more than 75% of the present SSI federal benefit rate. To calculate the amount of your monthl Special Veterans Benefits, the Social Security Administration takes 75% of the current SSI federal benefit rate and subtract the amount of any additional monthly benefit income that you receive.
The SSI federal benefit rate is $674. Seventy-five percent of $674 is $505.50. That means your additional monthly benefits (penisions, annuities, disability benefits, or retirement) must be less than $505.50 for you to receive Special Veterans Benefits.
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