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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Rail Widow With Disabled Child

(Posted December 4, 2013)

Question 1080: I am a widow of a railroad engineer. We have a child with autism. He will never be able to live independently. Will we be able to receive a benefit for him after he is out of school?

Answer: Because of his disability, your son should continue to receive a Child's Annuity after he reaches 18. You should contact the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) three months before his 18th birthday and file an application on his behalf. The RRB will need time to develop the medical evidence needed to grant his annuity. The RRB toll-free number is (877) 772-5772.


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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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