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Thank you for the information and your question and I am sorry to read about your situation. Unfortunately, the SSA is bound by statute and regulation. In other words, they cannot make exceptions. There are no exceptions or provisos for people who do not know the rules for surviving spouse benefits. The retroactive period is set up to 6 months prior to application as long as the qualifying event occurred at least that far back. You can see this information in their manual at the following link: http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home%2Fhandbook/handbook.15/handbook-1513.html
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