Q. I am applying for a part-time job with the U.S. Postal Service and am hoping it leads to full-time employment. I receive military retirement and disability. Will I lose any of this? At my age of 54, I doubt I will be able to put in 20 years with USPS but do want to stay busy. Will I be able to keep both my retired and disability pay?
A. You wouldn’t lose anything if you keep the two benefits separate. In other words, if you don’t combine your military service with your civilian service. If you did, you’d have to make a deposit to the civilian retirement system and waive your military retired pay when you retired from your civilian job.