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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Disabled Engineer With Teenage Children

(Posted March 11, 2014)

Question 1109: I am a 54-year-old disabled locomotive engineer on disability from the RRB. I have 23 years of service, two teenagers at home and my wife is 62. Does she qualify for any Railroad Retirement benefit?

Answer: If your disability is severe enough to have a "Period of Disability," your annuity may be increased by including your wife and teenage children in the calculation of the Special Minimum Guaranty.

Your wife will not be eligible for a Spouse Annuity until you are 62.


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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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