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What are the "special credits" that veterans receive for military service?

En español | The credits are extra wage credits added to the Social Security earnings records of people who were on active military duty during certain time periods. Because benefits are calculated based on a person's earning record, these credits generally result in higher monthly Social Security checks for qualifying veterans. For additional information about special earnings credits and the relationship between Social Security and the military, read the fact sheet "Military Service and Social Security".

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