Q. I am a civilian FERS employee who received a work related injury. Right now, I’m in the process of buying back my active military service (four years). My injury is one that may eventually put me out on FERS medical retirement. Can I collect federal medical retirement and VA disability? Would it be beneficial for me to stop my military buyback?
A. As long as you aren’t receiving military retired pay, you could receive both a FERS disability annuity and your VA disability benefit. While there wouldn’t be any short-term benefit to your completing your military buyback, if you were still on disability retirement when you reached age 62, it would affect the amount of your annuity. Age 62, your disability annuity would be converted to a regular annuity. If you had completed the deposit, those years would be included in that computation; if you didn’t, they wouldn’t.