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How To Find Out If You Are Eligiible For Benefits
(Posted September 12, 2006)
Question 591: I hired onto the railroad in 1972. I was was hurt and laid off in 1980. I was recalled in late 1980 and laid off again in 1981. In 1988 I was recalled but denied employment because I didn't pass the physical exam. Would I be eligible for Railroad Retirement?
Answer: You can qualify for a Railroad Retirement benefit as early as age 62 if you have at least 120 service months. You could qualify for a disability benefit at any age if you are unable to work in any type of employment. From the dates of employment in your e-mail question, it appears you might not have 120 service months.
You might have received a BA-6 form issued by the Railroad Retirement Board following the year of your last service month. That would show how many total months of rail service you have. Otherwise you can ask the Railroad Retirement Board (see their web site at http://www.rrb.gov/).
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