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If you served in the military during your base period as defined in Eligibility & Benefit Amounts, your military wages qualify you for benefits if:
Apply for benefits in one of two ways:
After you apply for unemployment benefits, send us a copy of your Form DD-214; it must be any one of member copy 4 through 8. We cannot use Member 1 or short version because it does not have all the required facts. We also request separation information directly from the military. We must have either your DD- 214 or separation information from the military to use your military wages to calculate your benefit amounts.
After we receive the DD-214 from you or separation information from the military, we determine if we can use your military wages to calculate your benefit amounts. We calculate military wages using information on your pay grade at the time of your separation.
If you do not have your copy of Form DD-214, you can request a copy by following the instructions on the National Archives web site. We can request a copy for you; however, it can take up to two months for the military to provide us with information.
If you disagree with information on your DD-214 that prevents us from using your military wages to qualify for benefits, you can apply to your branch of service to change the DD-214 information. To request changes, submit a Department of Defense DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Record, to the appropriate address on the back of the form. You can download DD Form 149 from the National Archives web site or get one from your local Workforce Solutions office.
While you are waiting for a decision from the military, you must continue to request payment as long as you are unemployed. If you have questions about a military appeal, ask your branch of service.
You must report any military retirement pension or disability pay to TWC when you apply for benefits or by calling a Tele-Center at 800-939-6631. We may be required to deduct your retirement or disability pay from your unemployment benefits. We will mail you a decision on whether that pay affects your unemployment benefits.
If your military retirement or disability pay is deducted from your benefit payments, we convert the amount of your monthly pension into a weekly amount and reduce your weekly benefit payment by the resulting amount.