SRS and SSA widow’s benefit


Q. I am currently a FERS employee with 35 years of service who plans to retire at the age of 60. I know I am entitled to the special retirement supplement until age 62, but I am also a widow and want to start collecting my spouse’s Social Security at the age of 60. Can I collect both the SRS and my SSA widow benefit at the same time?

A. Yes, you may collect both.


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