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Widow(er)'s Benefits As Early As 60
(Posted July 30, 2003)
Question 293: My husband passed away in 1991 at the age of 57. He had 40 years of rail service. I am going to be 62 and have not remarried. Will I be able to collect on his Railroad Retirement?
Answer: Good news! You already are eligible for a reduced widow's benefit. A widow can begin to receive reduced benefits as early as 60. You should contact the nearest RRB office and file for benefits unless you are working and already earning more than the "exempt amount."
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