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Yes, age 74, no children......
They said that my Federal retirement check was more than the SS check and therefore I was not entitled to widows benifits from 06/02/09 to 05/01/12... I had to repay 36,000 dol. to SSA...or face collection or credit ruin....
Ok that answer does not help me, so thanks I will look elsewhere.
I actually haven't posted an answer yet. My first response to you was for information that would help me get you an answer.
Ah, that is what I was afraid of... A survivor is only legally able to collect the larger of the retirement benefits, not both of them. If you receive a pension from a government job, some or all of your Social Security widow's benefit may be offset due to receipt of that pension. This offset is referred to as the Government Pension Offset, or GPO. .So if your retirement had been less than the SS survivor's benefit, then SS would have paid the difference to equal the full SS survivor's benefit. But since your benefit was actually higher than the SS survivor benefit, you wouldn't be able to collect both as that is "double dipping" and is prohibited. .
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