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Widow Can Receive Benefit Before 60 If Disabled or Caring for Young Child

(Posted June 9, 2004)

Question 462: How can I receive a widow's benefit before age 60?

Answer: Two ways: (1) If you are disabled, you can received a widow's benefit as early as 50 on an age-reduced basis. (2) If you have a child under 18, you can receive a widow's benefit until the child is 18.


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