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Widow's Benefits After Death of Disabled Worker
(Posted November 8, 2006)
Question 610: I had 25 years of railroad service. I have been getting Railroad Retirement disability since October of 2001. I am 65 years old and get $2,000.00 a month now.
If I die before my wife does, how much will my wife receive? She is 61 years old and has worked under Social Security for 40 years.
Answer: A widow normally receives 100% of the rail worker's benefit. If she is less than her full retirement age, her widow's benefit would be reduced for age. Her Tier 1 benefit also would be reduced the amount of any Social Security benefits that she is receiving at that time.
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