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My husband passed away in 2000. Will I be able to collect a survivor's benefit on his work record, even though we were only married five years?

En español | To qualify for a survivor's benefit, you must have been married for at least nine months. That time requirement is waived if the death was accidental or occurred in the line of duty while on active duty in a uniformed service.

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