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It might take four to 10 years, but the sharp drop in survivor benefits at age 62 for military widows and widowers appears certain to be phased out beginning next year. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., made that more likely when on Wednesday she refused, despite mounting pressure from Senate leaders, to withdraw her amendment to eliminate the age-62 drop in benefits under the military’s Survivor Benefit Plan. Because Landrieu held out, she won a compromise.

Legislation is being proposed to eliminate the age-62 drop in benefits under the military's Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) as well as other amendments related to military retirement.

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