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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Can a Spouse Get Early Benefits for Disability?

(Posted June 25, 2013)

Question 1021: My spouse has worked for the railroad for over 7 years now. I am permanently disabled and received Social Security disability benefits. Can I draw disability benefits from the railroad at this time?

Answer: Neither Railroad Retirement nor Social Security provide early benefits for disabled spouses.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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