POST 255 SERVICE OFFICER
HARRY WOODS, PAST POST 255 COMMANDER &
PAST DISTRICT 22 COMMANDER
I would like to encourage everyone to sign up for the free insurance offered by Legionnaires Insurance Trust. It's free. The department of California gets money for each member signed up. The department uses this money to support VA&R. In other words this money helps pay for Accredited service officers throughout the state that help members apply for benefits. All members of the legion family are eligible. So please spread the word to both our auxiliary members and sons. You can get additional information at the web site and the address is www.THELIT.com.
Also I have been getting a lot of questions about the social security noncontributory earnings, I wrote about earlier. The benefits manual says that these benefits are not in the record now, but should be added when you apply for benefits. So when you apply take a copy of your DD-214 with you ,and ask them to add the earnings, if you are eligible . You should be eligible for additonal earnings if you served on active duty from 1956 through 2001.
For God and country
DD214 ACCESS ONLINE NOW
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following web site for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ or try
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DD FORM 214 -- SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT
Please share this with anyone who's had active duty service prior to January 2002 and planning for retirement.
In a nutshell it boils down to this: You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your military service, for active duty any time from 1940 through 2001 (the program was done away with in January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of
earnings credit credited at time of application - which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon you retirement.
You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office - and you must ask for this benefit to receive it! Soc Sec
This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road. It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on active duty prior to January 2002.
FYI - this benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it!