Q. I’ve just received notice that I am eligible for VERA at the U.S. Postal Service and adding up my years found that I’ve been with the Postal Service for 19 years and 6 months. However, I just turned 53 and I bought my military time of 3 years when I first entered the Postal Service. Retirement would be possible if I qualify for SRS. Do I qualify for the SRS? And If I do, when does it go into effect?
Q. I am 51 on Dec. 19, 2017. I have been with the government for 34 years. I have been offered Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority. Can I take advantage of both? If I accept the VSIP and get the $25,000 buyout, can I keep my health insurance and benefits for life thru VERA? From my understanding, if I accept the VSIP, I will lose my health benefits in 18 months. Since I qualify for both VSIP and VERA, can I take both and get the buyout and keep the health benefits?
Q. My wife is 60 years old, has 28 years FERS service with the Internal Revenue Service, and has been offered a VERA and a VSIP effective Dec. 31, 2017, Can she then apply after December 31 for Social Security disability?
Q. I am planning to take a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority. I work for the Transportation Security Administration and will have my 10 years of service with them when I plan to leave. I am 56 years old. I am mainly concerned with the medical/dental, etc. benefits, which I have had for myself as well as my family for the entire 10 years. Will they still be covered, too?
Q. My wife was a FERS employee who retired under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority due to a reduction in force. She had 25 years of service and was age 50. Will she receive the special retirement supplement at age 56 or her minimum retirement age?
Q. I am a civil service employee that was involuntarily retired from the Department of Defense in 1997 due to base closure. I received a VSIP/VERA in the amount of $25,000. At the time I was 47 years old with 23 years plus four years of military time, which was credited toward retirement. Three months later I was hired by the U.S. Postal Service. I have been there for a little more than 19 years now. I am 66 years old now and am considering retirement this year. Will I be allowed to retire with the total years of service or…
Q. I was informed by my local human resources and retirement benefits representative that under FERS, with 30 years of credible service, I am eligible for retirement at any age (I am age 50, with 20 credible years of service) without reduction in annuity payments. Does this seem correct?
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?