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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Early Benefits Not Provided for Spouses

(Posted August 25, 2006)

Question 587: My father worked on the railroad for 20 years. He became disabled due to an injury on the job; he receives Railroad Retirement disability benefits. He will be 55 this year. I have a question about benefits for my mother. She's been sick for at least 10 years, but she her claims for social security disability benefits have been denied. She is 56. Can she submit an application for RRB benefits?

Answer: Your mother will qualify for a spouse benefit when she becomes 62. This is the earliest eligibility age for a spouse of a rail worker who has less than 30 years of service.

You might want to investigate other resources available to your parents beyond Railroad Retirement and Social Security. The local welfare agency might be helpful.


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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