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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Widow Will Receive Federal Government Annuity

(Posted March 16, 2014)

Question 1114: My late husband died in March 1988 after working for the railroad for 13 years. He was 40 years old. I remarried 5 years later, and divorced 8 years later. Am I entitled to a Railroad Retirement pension/annuity? I am working for the Federal VA, and will have worked there for 5 years in June 2015. After 5 years of employment, I will be able to retire and take my federally funded insurance and FERS. Will I be allowed to keep my insurance and FERS, and receive the Railroad Retirement pension?

Answer: You need to ask the Office of Personnel Management about your FERS Annuity and group life insurance.

You will be eligible for an Annuity from Railroad Retirement at 62 but it will be reduced by 2/3 of your FERS Annuity.

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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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