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Widow's Benefits After Death of Rail Worker
(Posted May 14, 2011)
Question 818: I have 30 years of rail service and have been retired for 12 years. When I die, will my wife receive anything?
Answer: Your wife will receive Widow's benefits when she is 60. If you had a "Current Connection" when you retired, Railroad Retirement will be responsible for paying the benefits.
If you did not have a "Current Connection," Social Security will be responsible for paying survivor benefits.
In either case, her benefits will be based on your combined earnings under both systems.
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