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Do I Lose My Military & VA Disability Benefits When I File for SSA Retirement Benefits?

If you want to know if you lose your military and Veterans Affairs disability benefits when you file for Social Security Administration benefits, the answer is an unqualified “it depends.” While you will continue to have access to some benefits, the type of VA benefits you ...

How to Invest After Retirement

No one invests in a vacuum. Your investments are affected by a plethora of volatile factors over which you have little or no control, such as inflation, political upheaval, unemployment rates and positive or negative financial news. Two things you can control are how much money ...

Can a Wife Draw Social Security From Her Husband if She Has Her Own Retirement Plan?

A wife is eligible to receive Social Security retirement benefits based on her husband's records. In fact, 2.4 million spouses received Social Security benefits in 2011 according to the Social Security Administration. This is true even if the wife has her own retirement plan. ...

Does it Matter If You Earn Money After You Sign Up for Social Security Retirement Benefits?

Many people who collect Social Security retirement benefits continue to work. If you earn significant income in retirement, it can affect your Social Security retirement benefits in two ways. It can reduce the amount you receive in SS retirement benefits, and it can determine ...

How Long Do You Need to Be Married to Receive a Deceased Partner's Social Security Benefits?

Ideally, you and your spouse would spend a long, rich life together, but sometimes that’s not the case, and widows or widowers are left sorting through a deceased partner’s estate much earlier than expected. While Social Security survivor’s benefits don’t instantly transfer to ...

Military Retirement Benefits for Ex-Spouses

In 1981, the Supreme Court ruled that military retired pay could not be regarded as joint property and divided during a divorce. Following that ruling, Congress passed the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, or USFSPA, which allows state courts to divide military ...

Can a Wife Receive Social Security Benefits Based on Her Husband's Work History?

Men worry about their own Social Security benefits, but wives have a right to spousal benefits. This applies even if the wife didn’t work. In that case, the spousal benefit is based on the work history of the husband. If a couple is still married at the time of retirement, they ...

What Happens to Your Social Security Benefits When You Die?

The Social Security program pays retirement benefits to workers who have paid in to the system over the years through payroll deductions. At age 62, as of publication, you can begin collecting Social Security benefits; if you delay benefits, you can collect a larger monthly ...

Can You Collect Disability & Social Security Benefits at the Same Time?

The Social Security Administration runs two vital benefit programs for workers who have paid in to the system through payroll taxes. The retirement program is available to those 62 and older; beneficiaries draw a monthly check for life to supplement their income. Social Security ...

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