It is an American tradition to pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces each Memorial Day — especially honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
If you are a military wounded service member who needs to apply for disability benefits, it is important to know that you will receive expedited processing. Our wounded warrior’s initiative is for military service members disabled on active duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel, including dependent children and, in some cases, spouses, may be able to receive benefits. Learn more about it at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.
Did you know that May also is National Military Appreciation Month? Even more reason to let members of our military know how much we value what they do for our nation and us.
To learn more about the Social Security benefits for those who have served in the military, read our publication, Military Service and Social Security. You can find it online at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10017.html, send us an email at OPI.Net.Post@ssa.gov or call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to ask for a free copy and we will mail it to you.
Memorial Day also is a good time to remind families of fallen military heroes that we may be able to pay Social Security survivors benefits. If the person you depended on for income has died, you should apply for survivors benefits. Learn more about Social Security survivors benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/survivors.htm.
The men and women of the Armed Forces serve us every day. At Social Security, we are here to serve them, too.
— Brenda Brown is a Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, N.C.