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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Children of Disabled Workers

(Posted September 7, 2004)

Question 511: If a father is currently receiving Railroad Retirement disability benefits, are his children eligible for any benefits? Are the children eligible for free schooling?

Answer: Children of disabled or retired rail workers are not entitled to direct benefits from Railroad Retirement. But the worker's benefit can be increased by including the children in the Special Guaranty formula. The local RRB office can tell the worker if the Special Guaranty applies.

Benefits for school are not provided by the Railroad Retirement program. But benefits may be available under other government programs. You should ask the particular school for information about any assistance available.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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