Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Military buyback and Social Security

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Q. I am a VA employee with 31 years of VA service and three years in the Marine Corps.

I am 60. If I qualify for a FERS MRA+30 retirement (which I believe I do), would it make a significant difference in the monthly SS portion of my benefits if I bought back my three years of military time before I actually retired?

A. Making a deposit for that time would increase the amount of your annuity; however, it would not affect your special retirement supplement or your actual Social Security benefit.

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