Leave accrual for combat vet


Q. I was told that if I had served in Vietnam in a combat situation and could prove it, I would qualify for additional leave accrual (over eight hours per pay period). If I submitted a copy of my decorations I had been awarded, that would be the proof needed. Turn that into the personnel folks here at Tinker [Air Force Base, Okla.] and they would fill out the paperwork and process the application. I am a Vietnam vet and was hired as a civil servant one year ago. Can anyone tell me if there is any truth to this? I am currently working on the buyback program to get credit for my service time but just heard about this other option.

A. To the best of my knowledge, no additional leave accrual credit is given for combat service in the armed forces.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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