Military and federal service and disability retirement


Q. I know a postmaster struggling with everyday work due to needing double knee replacing and double hip surgeries. He was told he has osteoarthritis. Now he is in constant pain. It is stopping him from walking and moving around. He needs a cane to walk. Would he qualify for disability retirement? Also, he doesn’t want to feel threatened because he is where physically, he can’t work. He is only 44 and is a 50 percent disabled combat veteran. Would he qualify?

A. To find out if he would qualify, he’ll have to apply for disability retirement. His servicing personnel office can provide him with the necessary form and help him through the process.


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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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