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GWPotter: You spouse can get 50% of your benefit or her benefit. Not both. Not your benefit.

http://socialsecurityretire.org/what-spousal-benefits-does-s...
If you and a spouse are currently receiving Social Security benefits and he or she dies before you do, you continue to receive the larger Social Security benefit. You can receive your own benefit or your deceased spousal benefits but not both.

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