Q. What is determined to be my high-3? Is it based on my last three years of civil service employment prior to retirement or is it the highest three earning years during the course of my career?

Q. I keep hearing that for a Department of Defense civilian with the Army deploying to Afghanistan, danger pay is included in the high-3. I know differential and overtime are not covered. Can you shed some light on this?

Q. I worked for the U.S. Air Force CSRS for many years and retired with a disability due to a car accident. I do receive a CSRS pension and a small Social Security pension. My husband worked for USAF active duty and retired after 30 years, and he passed away last month. He was receiving Social Security and an AF retirement check. The Social Security Administration says I will not get any of his Social Security, only my own small pension, because I receive a CSRS pension. Is this right and, if so, why?

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