What is the Disabled Widow/Widower's Benefit claim?

Disabled Widow’s Benefit / Disabled Widower’s Benefit (DWB)

Disability benefits may be payable to a widow or widower if he or she meets all of the following requirements:

  • The widow or widower is between ages 50 and 60;
  • The widow or widower meets the definition of disability for adults; and
  • The disability started before the worker’s death or within seven years after the spouse’s death.

Apply for DWB

To apply for Disabled Widow’s/Widower’s Benefits:

  • Complete the online Adult Disability Report; and
  • Schedule an appointment to complete the application.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, or contact your local district Social Security office.

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