Medical retirement


Q. I left Veterans Affairs Department service and withdrew my money from CSRS. When I came back after less than a year, I asked human resources to make sure I was under the same retirement system but only part time since I was in school. He told me not to come back part time, changed me to intermittent and said that since I came back after less than a year, it would not change anything. I found out that it threw me into the offset. I became eligible for retirement June 25, 2012, but have some ongoing medical issues and have still been working. A new problem came up that will probably necessitate my taking a medical retirement. When the medical retirement is figured, will my annuity still be decreased like it would if I took a regular retirement?

A. Because you have at least 22 years of service, there wouldn’t be any difference between the amount you’d receive in a disability retirement or a regular retirement.


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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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