YES! In Oakland you can earn Social Security credits for your military service in certain situations.
The amount of credits you earn for your military service depends on the period of time in which you served in the military:
If you served in the military from 1940 through 1956:
If you served in the military from 1940 through 1957, you did not pay Social Security taxes. The federal government will, however, credit you with $160.00 per month in Social Security credits for service from September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1956, IF:
- You were honorably discharged after 90 or more days of service; or
- You were released from duty because of a disability or injury received in the line of duty; or
- You are applying for survivor’s benefits based on a veteran’s work and the veteran died while on active duty.
NOTE: You cannot receive these credits if you are already receiving another federal benefit, such as military retirement benefits.
If you served in the military from 1957 through 1977:
If you served in the military from 1957 through 1977, the federal government will credit you with $300.00 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty pay.
If you served in the military from 1978 through 2001:
If you served in the military from 1978 through 2001, the federal government will credit you with an additional $100.00 in earnings, up to a maximum of $1,200.00 per year, for every $300.00 you earned in active duty basic pay. After 2001, additional earnings are no longer credited.
PROOF OF MILITARY SERVICE
More often than not, Social Security will need proof of your military service. The DD-214 Form, the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, is the document used most often as proof of military service. To obtain DD-214, complete the SF-180 form and submit it to the National Archives. See http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ for more information.
· The best way to ensure that your claim is handled properly is to hire an attorney. Your disability attorney will stay on top of all paperwork and requests from Social Security and make sure that all your medical records have been received. For more information, visit us at www.socialsecuritylaw.com.