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Retirement Estimator at Social Security is Answer Again in Q&A

Social Security Q&A logoNov. 4, 2014 - There are several important tools provided online by the Social Security Administration that can help senior citizens, and even those who have not reached their retirement age, in better planning their retirement. Maybe the most useful is the Retirement Estimator, which is the answer again, this time to a question in this week's Social Security Q&A about deciding when to retire.


I am not sure when I am going to retire so I want to estimate my retirement benefit at several different ages. What is the easiest way to do that?


Using our Retirement Estimator is easy and it is the best way for you to get a good idea of what your monthly benefit payment may be after you retire. The Estimator gives estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record.

Keep in mind, these are estimates and we cannot provide your actual benefit amount until you apply for benefits. You can use the Estimator if you have enough work to qualify for benefits and are not currently receiving benefits.

If you are currently receiving only Medicare benefits, you can still get an estimate. You can learn about this subject by reading our publication, Retirement Information For Medicare Beneficiaries.


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I was medically discharged from active duty service due to injuries I sustained while on active duty in 2011.  What type of benefits can I receive from Social Security?


Members of the United States armed forces receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability applications. The expedited process is available for any military service member who alleges he or she became disabled during active duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurred—at home or in the line of duty.

Expedited processing is also available to veterans who have a compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total (P&T) disability, regardless of when the disability occurred. Some dependent children and spouses of military personnel may also be eligible to receive benefits. Visit our website designed specifically for our wounded veterans, where you will find answers to a number of commonly asked questions, as well as other useful information about disability benefits available under the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.

Our website includes a fact sheet on the subject:  “Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors”. 

You will also find a webinar, “Social Security for Wounded Warriors,” that explains the expedited disability process available to wounded warriors. The one-hour video is an introduction to disability benefits for veterans and active duty military personnel. 

If you would like more detailed information about the disability process, you can watch our seven-part video series “Social Security Disability Claims Process.”

Source: Oscar Garcia is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration. You can direct your questions to him at: SSA, 411 Richland Hills Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78245. You can also email him at


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