Program Description

The Social Security Special Benefits for Qualified WWII Veterans benefits are a federal 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.

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, take the U.S. Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool.

Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Once you know which benefits you can apply for, 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.

Visit SSA’s Publications home page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.

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