Q. I retired not too long ago, then got a pamphlet called “Your Federal Retirement Benefits” from the Office of Personnel Management and noticed that my benefits, in part, are also based on the amount of military service I performed. They say my retirement shows: Total Fed Svc as 22 yrs, 0 month, which is correct; sick leave included is 975; military svc included in total is 00 yrs, 00 … which is incorrect. I did 23 years. Should this be corrected?

Q. How do I suspend my health insurance coverage? I will be eligible for my Air Force Reserve Retirement (100 percent VA health care and later TRICARE), Social Security (Medicare health coverage) and my annuity as a VA Medical Center employee (FEHBP). When I become eligible for TRICARE health coverage, I desire to suspend my civilian coverage and use TRICARE as primary and Medicare as secondary.

Q. My just-deceased husband and I had been together for over 25 years. We were married for 13 years. Divorced, but lived together for nine years. Then we remarried for an additional three years. When he retired CSRS, he voluntarily elected survivor benefits for me as a former spouse. We didn’t remarry til I was 58. The election for survivor benefits states that it’s for me as a former spouse. Since the election was done when I was the former spouse, am I still entitled to receive the spousal benefits?

Q. I have a drinking problem and now the U.S. Post Office has given me papers to suggest separation. I am 55 years old. I went ahead and put in retirement papers for next year. Can they fire me and cause me to lose my retirement benefits? What is the best way to handle this situation? I have 32 years in. And aren’t they supposed to offer me rehab for my addiction?

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