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Ask Rusty – Can a Widower Get Full Survivor Benefits Early?

May 3, 2022 | Presenting: Russell Gloor - AMAC Foundation Social Security Advisor

Dear Rusty: My wife passed from COVID-related heart disease in 2020, just short of her 65th birthday. I will be 66 in May 2023. Do I have any recourse for a part of her benefit? Online at it says I can retire 4 months early due to her passing. Is that true? I’m confused on these issues. Signed: Confused Widower

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