Disability retirement


Q. I am an injured postal worker and I have many  conditions that  have accrued as a result of my past 12 years at the Postal Service carrying mail. I just met with the surgeon who did my last carpal tunnel surgery, and he told me that I should start exploring my options and consider medical retirement. Where do I begin to start the ball rolling and who do I need to get in contact with to help me through this difficult time?

A. Download a copy of Standard Form 3112 (Documentation in Support of Disability Retirement), available at www.opm.gov/forms. Take it to your personnel office, which is responsible for helping you complete the form and guide you through the application process.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.


  1. I am a retired CSRS Postal Employee, 80 percent service connected US Army- I have an 18 year old going to college in August, I recently also applied for disability retirement since my doctor states my service connected issues wont allow me to continue to work, should I keep my health insurance or eliminate it and just use VA, I see outside sources for chiropratic care and massage, I need these services, my 18 year old was on my health insurance at work, but the college has ins and he may qualify for Obama care? I also filed for VA 100 Umemployability

  2. Have you ever seen or heard of a U.S. Postal Police officer getting FERS disability? There isn’t
    much information on any websites. I assume they are (me) treated like regular postal workers.

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