Military buyback


Q. My husband has bought back his time in the military and now, after three years with the Department of  Veterans Affairs, he might have to leave before getting his five years needed to retire. Is there any reason why he would not be refunded the money he paid for those years?

A. If your husband resigns from the government before being eligible to retire, he can request a refund of all his retirement contributions, including the active-duty service deposit.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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