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Are survivor benefits reduced for a Postal Service employee's survivor?

En español | Generally, your Social Security benefits as a spouse, widow or widower will not be reduced if you are receiving a government pension that is not based on your earnings. Thus, if the wife is getting a pension based on her husband's earnings, then her benefit might not be affected by the Government Pension Offset (GPO). However, if she receives a government pension based on her own earnings, then her widow benefit will be affected by GPO.

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