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Benefits For Widow Of Former Rail Worker
(Posted January 23, 2014)
Question 1101: Husband and wife both were railroad employees. Wife worked for 26 years on the railroad, then became employed by another employer covered by Social Security. Husband died later, with approximately 26 years of railroad service. Wife then remarried. She divorced after less than 10 years. She is now close to retirement. What benefits will she draw as a widow of her first husband and as a result of her railroad work?
Answer: She will be entitled to a Remarried Widow's Annuity at 60. She also will be entitled to a Retirement Annuity at 62. She should call the Railroad Retirement Board on their toll-free number to get an estimate of those benefits.
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