Annuity and severance pay


Q. I am a National Guard technician being medically disqualified from my military position, which is causing me to lose my civilian position. I have educated myself I think pretty well on my overall retirement package. OPM regulations state that if I am medically disqualified from my civilian job, I am entitled to severance pay. I called my local human resources office and was told that because I am getting an annuity, I do not qualify for this. That office has told me many things that are not true, so I do not believe that.

I was also told that when I am medically retired, I can file for severance through OPM. If I do get it, would this cause a problem with my above 80 percent for that very first year?

A. You cannot receive both an annuity and severance pay.


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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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