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Special Initiatives


     Each special initiative is briefly described in a separate paragraph below. The complete text of each initiative may be viewed by clicking on the link contained within each introductory paragraph. As additional subjects are added to the special initiatives list, this page will be modified and updated to accommodate them.

“Social Security Benefits-Receiving Credit for your Service Academy Years” is the first special initiative.  It is a detailed message in two parts that describes how special military service credits are granted. People who served in the military before 1957 did not pay into Social Security directly, but when they apply for Social Security benefits, their records are credited with special earnings for Social Security purposes that count toward any benefits that might be payable.  In particular for USMA cadets, if you were in the military during the period 1940 to 1957, including attendance at a service academy, you did not pay Social Security taxes. However, under certain circumstances, your Social Security record may be credited with $160 per month in earnings for military service from September 16, 1940 through December 31, 1956.  Click Here to view the entire message and learn how to receive credit for your service academy years.

“Essential Elements of Information (EEI) for Military Veterans and Next-of-Kin” is the second special initiative.  It is a two-part document containing basic information for surviving spouses and/or next of kin. It is designed to assist the surviving spouse and family members and guide them through the first few difficult days following the death of the other spouse. It is recommended that the document may be printed out, filled out, discussed with your family, and kept in a safe location with your other important papers. Click Here to view the entire document.

"How to use the AOG websites to update your Personal Profile and Cullum File" is the third special initiative. This initiative explains the content and purpose of the two types of AOG websites that deal with Memorial Articles. The first type presents the Guidelines for Writing a Memorial Article, a Sample Memorial Article, and a Memorial Article Inventory Sheet. The second group provides places to record detailed information about your life that will be an invaluable source for the Lead Author(s) who will compose your Memorial Article some day.  These sites outline the procedures necessary to access your Personal Profile pages, your Personal Web page in our 50th Reunion Data Base, and a means to easily update your Cullum File using a Vital Statistics Worksheet. Click Here to view the entire document.