Social Security disability benefits


Q. I’m 50 years old, have worked for the Postal Service for 28 years, and am eligible for the voluntary early retirement offer. Would I be eligible to apply for Social Security disability benefits also? I am with FERS and have been profoundly deaf since birth.

A. As a FERS employee who is covered by Social Security, you would be eligible to apply to SSDI. To find out if you would qualify for that benefit, go to


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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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