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Gary Thomas

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Email Garygthomas@apwu480.org

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Special Extra Earnings
for Military Service

Gary Thomas

This applies to anyone who had active duty service prior to January of 2002 and is planning for retirement.

You qualify for a higher Social Security payment because of your military service, for active duty anytime from 1957 through 2001. The program was done away with in January of 2002. You could earn up to $1200 per year of earnings credit, credited at time of application-which could make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments during your retirement. Based on information received from social security it reads that since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.

Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of Social Security benefit

Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty for training. Special extra earnings credit are not granted for inactive duty training.

If your active military service occurred

From 1957 through 1967, Social Security will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Security benefits.

From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.

After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service.

Note: In January 2002, Public Law 107-117, the Defense Appropriations Act stopped the special extra earnings that have been credited to military service personnel. Military service in calendar year 2002 and future years no longer qualifies for these special extra earnings credits.

All of this being said here is how the extra earning credits break down for active military service earnings from 1957 through 2001.

If your active military service occurred in 1957 through 1977 you are credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty basic pay.

If your active military service occurred in 1978 through 2001, for every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are credited with an additional $100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1200 a year. If you enlisted after September 7, 1980 and didn’t complete at least 24 months of active duty or your full tour, you may not be able to receive the additional earnings. For further information you can contact Social Security at:

http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm

Word to the wise! You must ask for this benefit as it is not automatic! And remember always take a DD-214 with you to the Social Security Office to avoid unnecessary aggravation.

Knowledge is power.

Gary Thomas


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The 480-481 Area Local maintains offices at 810 Livernois in Ferndale, Michigan 48220 and represents all APWU members in the following USPS installations: Almont, Allen Park, Anchorville, Belleville, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Brighton, Carleton, Chelsea, Clarkston, Clawson, Davisburg, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Fair Haven, Flat Rock, Garden City, Grosse Ile, Hartland, Hazel Park, Highland, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Marine City, Marysville, Michigan Call Center, Michigan Metroplex, Milan, Milford, Mt. Clemens, New Baltimore, New Boston, New Haven, New Hudson, Novi, Oxford, Pickney, Plymouth, Pontiac, Port Huron, Richmond, Rochester, Rockwood, Romeo, Romulus, Royal Oak, South Lyon, South Rockwood, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Union Lake, Utica, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Wayne, Westland, Willis, Wixom, Wyandotte and Yale.

The Union office is normally open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and the telephone numbers are (248) 543-3262/3263/3264. The 24 hour number is (248) 543-3262. FAX: (248) 543-2750.