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Disabled Widow(er) Benefits

Should I Have Been Able To Collect Benefits Sooner?

Hi Mr husband die when he was 58 and at that time I was 45 and working as told me that I had to be 60 to file for widow benefits. I because disable at the age of 58 and now IAM 60 I file for widow benefits they made a decision and told me that I am approved but they can't pay me . I received 1872 a month my husband was also in the military for 7 years


I'm sorry for your loss.

Unfortunately, I can't really give you much advice you because I don't have enough information to know if you could have qualified for benefits sooner.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 15:05

Shouldn't I Be Eligible For Both SSDI And Disabled Widow's Benefits?

Husband of 30 years passed Aug 2018
Oct 2018 I applied for SSDI benefits and also over the phone SS applied me for Widow benefits
Feb 2019 approved for Disability and Disabled Widow Benefits
Today I received a letter stating I was over paid and not entitled to a Widows benefit
I know you can’t double stack but aren’t SSDI and Widow Benefits out of two different funds ?


I'm sorry for your loss.

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 18:12

How Are My Benefits Calculated?

I receive SS disability. I started receiving before age 50. I also receive widows benefits. How is this calculated at my full retirement age ? My husband died at age 60. I had been receiving SSDI for several years prior to his death. I do get two checks per month. Do they just add the two together? I know I had a reduction regarding his benefit. I’m so confused as to how it is calculated and I will be 66 in a year and few months. I would greatly appreciate if you could explain it to me. I have searched the internet and cannot find the answer to my question.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 09:47

Can I Apply For Disabled Widow's Benefits And Still Keep My SSDI?

I am a 55 year old widow and on disability (SSDI) with one child still in school. I have been collecting SSDI scene 1999. I have been in and out of the social Security office about various things one being about when to apply for Disable Widows Benifits. My son is collecting off my husbands SS and is getting $1995. My SSDI is $1052 with med taken out takes me down to $919. Can I apply for my DWB and still keep my SSDI?


Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 17:03

Do I Need To Do Anything To Get Social Security To Adjust My Benefit Rate At FRA?

I became disabled just before I turned 50 and was collecting SSDI benefits. My ex died 2 years previously, so I began collecting DWB when I turned 50. I receive two different deposits, not sure why-statements both say the same thing. (Any idea why I receive two?) I assume I am receiving the 28.5% reduction. After reading many of your articles, it looks as if this reduction will go away for me at FRA. My question, does this happen automatically - or do I have to apply/talk to Social Security about this??


Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 16:16

How Can I Get My Benefit Amount Straightened Out?

I lost my husband on July 1, 2017 and I am only getting $71 of his Social Security a month. I have tried my best to get things straightened out and I have gotten now where. I am on disability myself and things are very tough. How can I get things straightened out so I get the amount I am suppose to be receiving? I have been so stressed out and can't take to more.

This is some information I found and I am suppose to be receiving a lot more then I am getting.

Disabled widow or widower aged 50 through 59—71½ percent

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 15:59

What Should I Expect To Happen Next Year?

Oct 2001 my still working 48 yr old (4/15/52) husband of 28 years (1/19/73) was killed. Jan 2011 I became disabled and started drawing my SSDI. A few months later I reapplied and also started drawing on my husband. I don't know the name or the % of that payment. July of 2019 I will reach full retirement age. My husband would have April 2018. His full retirement would be more than mine. No children and I have not remarried. What should I expect to happen next year? Thank you


I'm sorry for your loss.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 09:42
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