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The Social Security Handbook

The following is what the Social Security Administration says in the Social Security Handbook.

514. When do disabled widow(er)'s benefits begin?

The first month of your entitlement to disabled widow(er)'s benefits is the latest of the following months:

  1. If a waiting period is required, the sixth consecutive full calendar month of disability; or

  2. If a waiting period is not required, the first full calendar month of disability;

  3. The month your insured spouse died;

  4. The twelfth month before the month you applied for benefits (see §1513 for retroactivity of application); or

  5. The month you turn 50.

(See §409 for when disabled widow(er)'s benefits end.)

Last Revised: Aug. 5, 2003


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