Q. I will be eligible for retirement in approximately 14 months. Early on in my career, I injured both of my knee on different occasions. My knee bothers me to this day. Is there a way to file a claim for service-connected injuries similar to what is available when exiting the military? If so, where can I find more information?
A. As a rule, claims for benefits under the federal Employees Compensation Act need to be submitted in a timely manner on a Form CA-1, available at www.dol.gov/owcp/dfec. All you can do is fill one out, send it in and see what happens.