Q. I am a U.S. postal worker. I will have 27 years of employment with the U.S. Postal Service this year and will also turn 56. Can I immediately start drawing the annuity supplement if I retire at the age of 56? As a postal worker, I must have 30 years of government service before I am eligible for the annuity supplement, correct?
A. To immediately receive the special retirement supplement when you retire, you must meet one of the following age and service requirements:
- Age 60 with 20 years of service.
- At your minimum retirement age with 30 years of service.
You may also receive the SRS when you reach your MRA if you retire under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) at age 50 with 20 years of service or at any age with 25 years of service. The same is true if you are involuntarily separated.