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Definition of "Survivor"
(Posted March 3, 2002)
Question 164: In Q&A 163, the term "survivor" is used. I thought that upon the death of a rail worker, only a spouse or a dependent child could receive monthly benefits. Who qualifies as a survivor?
Answer: The term "survivor" includes the surviving spouse and dependent minor children (under 18). But it also can include a divorced spouse, a disabled spouse 50 or older, a disabled adult child, a full-time student-child who at age 18 is still working to complete high school, and a dependent parent 60 or older. All of these individuals could receive monthly survivor benefits if they meet the eligibility requirement for specific benefits provided by the Railroad Retirement program.
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