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Does a widow at age 48 collect social security from late husband aged 78

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Woman aged 48 married 28 years to man aged 78. Her fear is she will lose all the social security he gets because of her age.

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He is a veteran. Any monies collected through VA have been signed over to ex wife years ago.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Social Security
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Social Security Expert: SSA.Help4u.168, Accountant replied 7 months ago

She won't lose out on his benefits, however, unless she is caring for a child younger than the age of 16 or the child is disabled, she cannot start collecting survivors benefits until at least the age of 60. If she starts collecting the survivors benefits at the age of 60, the benefit amount would be reduced. SEE BELOW:

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• Your widow or widower may be able to get full benefits at full retirement age. The full retirement age for survivors is age 66 for people born in 1945-1956. And the full retirement age will gradually increase to age 67 for people born in 1962 or later. Your widow or widower can get reduced benefits as early as age 60. If your surviving spouse is disabled, benefits can begin as early as age 50. For more information on widows, widowers, and other survivors, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/survivorplan.

• Your widow or widower can get benefits at any age if they take care of your child younger than age 16 or disabled, who’s receiving Social Security benefits.

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https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10084.pdf

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