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Spouse Benefits Are Federal Matter
(Posted February 22, 2009)
Question 685: My husband is on disability with Railroad Retirement. He told me I have no claims for any money from him even though we've been married 36-1/2 years and I raised our children. That does not seem fair.
Answer: What your husband told you is not correct. You will be entitled to a spouse benefit from Railroad Retirement when you meet the age requirement. This benefit is provided by Federal law; your husband has no control over your receipt of benefits.
I suggest that you contact the District Office of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) that serves your area and find out when you will be entitled to benefits.
You can find the location and phone number by going to the RRB web site at http://www.rrb.gov
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