Can I Continue To Receive VA Benefits And Get Social Security?

Jul 22 2017 - 7:37am

My husband was 100% va disability when he passed away 25 years ago and I do receive widows benefits, but my question is I am about to turn 60 and I want to know if I can continue to receive va benefits and social security from the years I have worked?

Hi,

Your VA benefits won't affect your Social Security benefits, but I'm not an expert on VA benefits so I don't know how or if your Social Security entitlement will impact your VA benefits.

If you will be potentially eligible for both retirement and widow's benefits from Social Security, your best strategy is likely one of the following:
1) File for reduced widow's benefits at age 60, then switch to your own record at age 70; or,
2) File for reduced retirement benefits at age 62, then file for unreduced widow's benefits at full retirement age.

The maximization software available on this website can help you determine which of the above filing strategies is best in your case.

Best, Jerry