Q. I served as an Air National Guard full-time WG-12 technician from March 1993 until January 2003 when I was found no longer medically eligible to serve in the military capacity that is a prerequisite to holding a job as a civil service technician. I performed the same duties when doing military time as I did as a FERS employee but was given an OPM disability retirement because I lost my military status. I learned today that there is a special retirement supplement to disability payments for law enforcement and military reserve technicians that is intended to bridge the income gap until Social Security eligibility is reached. Should I have been receiving this supplemental pay for the past eight years and would a request for retroactive payment even be considered?
A. No. Disability retirees aren’t eligible to receive the special retirement supplement.