Do I Have To Wait Until Age 60 To Collect Social Security Widow's Benefits?

Category: 
Oct 25 2019 - 5:48pm

I am 53, work ft and receive a VA disability check each month. My husband passed earlier this year at 58. This has made me think of retiring from my job next year as I am eligible due to years of service. Do I have to wait till im 60 to collect ssa widows benefits?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

The answer to your question is yes, unless you could qualify for disabled widow's benefits (DWB). DWB benefits can be paid as early as age 50, but in order to qualify you must be considered disabled by Social Security standards. The medical requirements for DWB eligibility are the same as the requirements for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits: https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/qualify.html#anchor3.

Best, Jerry