Q. Hi, I have just retired under FERS after 34.5 years at the U.S. Postal Service. I understand that Social Security will penalize me if I earn more than $17,640 per year. I know they take $1 for every $3 that I earn over that amount. Do I just lose that money?
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Q. If I’m approved for FERS disability retirement and I’m also accepted for Social Security Disability Insurance, would I be able to work part-time in the civilian work force, or is there no working allowed at all?
Q. My wife is receiving a state pension plus Social Security. I have a CSRS pension. If I were to die, will she be able to collect the 55 percent survivor benefits with no penalty along with her Social Security and state pension?
Q. I receive 100 percent Department of Veterans Affairs disability, and also receive military retirement pay after 20 years service. I’m currently a Department of Defense employee under FERS, and will retire with 15 years service at 62. Will my Social Security pay be impacted in any way?
Q. I recently turned 62. Four years ago, I had my disability retirement approved by the United States Postal Service. Unfortunately, Social Security did not approve my disability and I didn’t receive any monthly benefit until I turned 62 and that was at the non-disability dollar rate. Does my USPS disability retirement monthly annuity increase to what a voluntary immediate retirement is? And, since I turned 62 several months ago, will the Office of Personnel Management process a lump sum payment to cover those several months?
Q. I am retired and receive an annuity payment ever month. I have been having real bad back problem – my disk in my back affects my walking, I had the nerve burned and shot in my back – but nothing seem to help. Do I qualify for disability insurance? I’m 72 years old. Can I receive both benefits?
Q. I served 37 months of active duty in the Army from October ’74 to November ’77 and another seven years active duty in the Coast Guard from ’80 to ’87. All together I have over 10 years of active duty. Is there any chance that I can collect anything from the U.S. government? I’m 63 years old at this point.
Q. My husband is deceased and left me with a survivor annuity. He was a Civil Service Retirement System employee with 42-plus years. I retired at 52 with my own FERS service. When I turned 62 they discontinued my FERS Annuity Supplement. I am planning on starting my Social Security soon. Will I continue to receive his CSRS survivor annuity and my own FERS annuity along with my Social Security? I was told by a friend that I could not have all three. Is this true?