Good morning Robert, I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. If you were married to your wife when she passed, and you were at least 65 years old at that time, then you would have been entitled to a spouse survivor claim equal to the amount that she was receiving on her death. While it is not possible to make a claim now for all of the additional benefits that could have been paid to you, you are eligible to apply for your survivor benefit now and they will pay you retroactively for 6 months, the difference between what you were receiving, and the amount you were eligible for under your survivor benefit. In order to apply, you will need to take your marriage certificate, your wife's death certificate and both of your social security numbers to the local social security office and they will process your claim for both retroactive benefits as well as your future survivor benefit.
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