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Will My Survivor Benefits Be Affected By WEP And GPO?

I turned 69 years old on Oct. 8, 2020. I am not a US citizen, I have not worked in the USA, I am a resident outside the USA, my country has no social security agreement with the USA. I worked in my country as a teacher and has retired a long time ago. My husband died recently from a service connected disease so I qualify for the survivor benefit even if I am not a US citizen and Not a US resident. My question is whether my survivor benefit will still be affected by WEP and GOP given that my own retirement benefit was from my own government work.
In addition, I am receiving a tax free DIC benefit from the US Veterans and SBP annuity from DFAS.

Thank you very much for your help.


No, neither the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) nor the Government Pension Offset (GPO) provision will affect your survivor benefits. WEP only affects Social Security retirement and disability benefits that are payable based on a person's own U.S. Social Security earnings history, not survivor benefits. GPO only applies if a person is receiving a government pension based on their own work for a government agency in the U.S. Foreign government pensions and VA benefits are excluded from the definition of government pensions for GPO purposes (

Best, Jerry

Dec 5 2020 - 7:24am
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