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Benefits for Adult Disabled Children
(Posted September 9, 2001)
Question 134: I took care of my dad until he died at 83. He was a retired rail worker. I was his sole caretaker and stayed with him my entire life. I am disabled and cannot work. Are there any type of survivor benefits that I can qualify for because of my disability?
Answer: An adult child can qualify for benefits if he or she was permanently disabled for any work before age 22 and is not married.
If your disability began before you were 22, you should contact the nearest office of the Railroad Retirement Board(RRB) for assistance in filing an application. You can find the office serving the area you live in by going to the RRB web site at www.rrb.gov
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