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Yes, you can qualify to collect survivor's benefits before your full retirement benefits. You can visit this page on the Social Security benefits for more information: http://goo.gl/7Em1pT. A widow can claim benefits as early as age 60 if she is not caring for any children, though the benefit will be reduced, or age 50 is she has a disability. In addition, if she is caring for any children, she and the minor children can collect survivor's benefits earlier than those ages. To apply for benefit you can follow this link: http://goo.gl/px335G to find how to contact Social Security. Finally, I have attached a pdf pamphlet from Social Security regarding survivor's benefits.
Once she reaches her retirement age, you can apply for benefits based upon your own record and you may receive a higher amount, especially if she have been working longer than her husband.
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