Re-employment and survivor annuity


Q. I currently draw a 25 percent annuity from my late husband’s disability retirement from the Postal Service. I also worked for the Postal Service and am a military veteran. I bought back my military time, which gave me a total of 20 years and seven months postal time.

I had to resign from my career position in 2004 to take care of my late husband because he suffered a severe stroke that required 24-hour care. I did not have the heart to put him in a nursing home.

He passed away in 2006 and I have since been trying to be reinstated with the Postal Service. If I get my career status back, do I lose the 25 percent annuity that I currently draw?

A. Being re-employed by the federal government in any capacity would have no effect on your survivor annuity.


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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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