Q. I am a 54-year-old widow. My husband died a couple years ago. My children are all grown. I am having a hard time making ends meet, and so I am very puzzled as to why I can't get widow's benefits now. Why do only older women get widow's benefits? I have just as many bills and problems as they do. What could possibly be the justification for denying me my husband's benefits just because I'm not yet a senior citizen?
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