TN 17 (07-96)
GN 02608.700 Exclusion of Military Reserve Pensions from the GPO Provision
Social Security Act as amended in 1994, Sec. 209; P.L. 103-296.
The GPO no longer applies to spousal benefits for those persons who receive a pension based in whole, or in part, on noncovered military reserve service.
This provision applies to new claims filed with benefits payable effective January 1995 and to beneficiaries currently in GPO as of January 1995.
NOTE: There is no time limit to remove the GPO.
1. New Claims
For new claims (including advance filed claims), the FO should:
Determine (during the interview) that the pension is based on military reserve service.
Answer question (16-M) on the ADDB screen “NO”.
Document the RMKS in the application screen path “claimant exempt from GPO - receives military reserve pension.”
Obtain a statement from the employer (or pension paying agency) or a pay stub showing the pension is based on military reserve duty.
2. Postentitlement Cases
For postentitlement cases:
The FO should:
The PC should: