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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Retired Rail Worker Married to Younger Spouse

(Posted July 2, 2013)

Question 1023: I'm married to a 46-year-old. If I die, when will she get my pension? What would prevent her from receiving it?

Answer: She will be eligible for a Widow's Annuity at 60 if she has not remarried. If she is disabled for all employment, she could receive a reduced Disabled Widow's Annuity at 50.


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