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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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