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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Divorced Widow Can Receive Annuity at 62

(Posted July 22, 2013)

Question 1027: I was married to a railroad employee for 10 years and 3 months. He had been divorced. He is now deceased and his first wife is drawing from his pension. I will be 62 in November. Can I also draw from his pension?

Answer: You appear to be eligible for a Divorced Widow's Annuity when you are 62. The benefit will be reduced for age and for any Social Security that you receive. You should contact the Railroad Retirement Board in August to start the application process. Their toll-free number is: (877) 772-5772.


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