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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Spouse of 30+ Year Rail Worker Eligible At 60

(Posted February 10, 2013)

Question 969: My husband has 30+ years of service with the railroad; he will soon be 60 and is considering retirement in a couple of years. I am 10 years younger than my husband. We have been married for 25 years. When will I be able to draw a spouse annuity?r

Answer: If your husband is retired when you reach 60, you will first be eligible for a Spouse Annuity on that date.


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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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