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I’m 74 and was primarily a CSRS Civil Service employee for most of my career, “retired” at 56, but earned enough pre and post my CSRS career so I did begin receiving a Social Security payment upon attaining my full retirement age (FRA) at 66.
My question is this: My wife was an elementary school teacher in Massachusetts and receives a state pension. When applying for MY Social Security benefit, I asked about her spousal Social Security benefit (she was 67 at the time) but the Social Security employee told me that my wife was ineligible because she received a state pension. By the way, she only earned a limited number of Social Security quarters as a young woman before embarking on her teaching career.

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I’m 74 and was primarily a CSRS Civil Service employee for most of my career, “retired” at 56, but earned enough pre and post my CSRS career so I did begin receiving a Social Security payment upon attaining my full retirement age (FRA) at 66.
My question is this: My wife was an elementary school teacher in Massachusetts and receives a state pension. When applying for MY Social Security benefit, I asked about her spousal Social Security benefit (she was 67 at the time) but the Social Security employee told me that my wife was ineligible because she received a state pension. By the way, she only earned a limited number of Social Security quarters as a young woman before embarking on her teaching career.

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