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Benefits For Husband Of Deceased Rail Worker
(Posted February 24, 2004)
Question 387: My late wife had coverage under Social Sercurity, but she was collecting her disability benefits from Railroad Retirement. When I reach my normal retirement age, will I collect anything extra, such as a widower's pension?
Answer: If you do not remarry, you will be eligible for a Widower's benefit from Railroad Retirement at age 60 on a reduced basis, or at the normal retirement age for your birth year on an unreduced basis.
The Tier 1 benefit will be reduced by the amount of your own Social Security benefit but the Tier 2 benefit will not be reduced for Social Security.
If you remarry before 60, you still might be eligible for a Remarried Widower's Benefit, but the entire benefit is reduced by your own Social Security.
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