Q: I am 52 years old with 27 years with the Postal Service (FERS). How would it affect me if I accepted the VERA? Would I get the Social Security Supplement upon acceptance, and how would it affect my TSP, as I would need to start withdrawing it immediately upon accepting the VERA?

A: You wouldn’t be eligible for the special retirement supplement until you reached your minimum retirement age, which in your case would be 56.


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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

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