Disability check only from Army


Q: I retired from the Army after 24 years, then went to work for the Postal Service for 24 years before I retired from there. After retirement, I put in for disability from the Army, and was awarded 20 percent. They take this 20 percent out of my pay and give me another check for the 20 percent that they took out, which is tax-free. My question is, should I also be getting that 20 percent from my Postal Service retirement check? And what about 20 percent from Social Security?

A: No and no. You didn’t retire on disability from your civilian job, nor were you approved for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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