Social Security disability and special retirement supplement


Q. I retired from the Postal Service with 27 years on Jan. 31. Due to a medical condition, I applied for Social Security disability in October and was approved in December for benefits to begin this month. I am 61 and will be 62 in August. Will I still be eligible to receive the special retirement supplement for seven months under FERS? If so, will it affect my disability payments? One is paid from the Office of Personnel Management and the other from Social Security.

A. According to OPM, you will be eligible for the special retirement supplement even though you will also be receiving a Social Security disability benefit. That wouldn’t be true if you were receiving a disability annuity under FERS. FERS disability retirees aren’t eligible for the special retirement supplement.


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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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  1. I am 58 yrs old worked 33yrs at usps I have received social security supplement since retiring at age 56 I have recently been approved for social security disability can I receive both supplement and diability checks and if not where do I sent social security supplement check back to.

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