Social Security Special Benefits for Qualified WWII Veterans

Program Description

The Social Security Special Benefits for Qualified WWII Veterans benefits are a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) that can be paid to certain World War II Veterans. These include Veterans who served in the active U.S. military from September 16, 1940 through July 24, 1947. It also includes Filipino Veterans who served in the organized military of the Philippines from July 26, 1941 through December 30, 1946 (while those forces were in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces).

The special Veterans benefits are payable for months in which qualified Veterans live outside the United States. You will receive benefits for each month in which you reside outside the United States on the first day of the month.

This benefit cannot be paid to the Veteran's dependents or survivors.

General Program Requirements

To qualify for this benefit, you must be:

  • Age 65 or older as of December 14, 1999
  • A World War II Veteran as described above
  • Eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as of December 1999 and in the month you apply for special veterans benefits
  • Entitled to benefit income that is less than 75 percent of the current SSI federal benefit rate.

Based on your date of birth and Veterans status, you could get Special Veterans Benefits if you meet the income requirement and you plan to move outside the U.S.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

Visit the Apply For Social Security Benefits webpage to apply online.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Would you like more information about special Veteran’s benefits?
Visit SSA’s Publications Home Page and review the publication "Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans," Social Security Publication Number 05-10158.

Or for additional information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)