Retirement bonus due to disability?


Q. I am a 63-year-old city letter carrier with 25 years of service with the USPS and an additional two years with the Army. In 1997, I was injured on the job from a dog attack while delivering mail and was given a 10 percent permanent disability. Soon after the injury, a fellow worker suggested that I was entitled to a bonus in my retirement payment due to my injury, and I was wondering if he was correct. I plan on working until I am 66 for a full Social Security benefit with a full 30 years combined postal retirement. Can you give me information regarding this?

A. No, it isn’t correct. You’ll only receive your earned annuity. Not a penny more nor a penny less.


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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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