Q. Is it hard to get qualified for disability retirement? How long would I have to wait?
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Q. I was forced to take a FERS Disability Retirement and was approved, but the Office of Personnel Management put me on regular earned rate retirement because I bought back my military time which then gave me 20 years of federal time and I just turned 60 years old. Should OPM not have counted my military buyback until age 62 when I would have converted over to regular retirement? I thought I would be getting 60 percent of my high-3 the first year then 40 percent the second year then go into retirement with 1.1 percent of my high-3.
Q. I applied and received Social Security and OPM disability retirement because I needed an organ transplant. After my transplant, my doctor said I am recovered and can return to my former position at the U.S. Postal Service. Once Social Security and OPM stop my disability checks, is my agency obligated to return me to duty?
Q. My mom just passed on. She was receiving a disability annuity. When we checked with OPM, we were shocked to find out they had taken all of her retirement contributions and used it for her disability payments. Is this really what happened? A. In all likelihood, yes. Annuity payments to retirees — whether regular or disability — initially come from the contributions employees made to the retirement system while they were working. Only when that money runs out does the government begin making those payments out of the retirement fund. A retiree who worked full time for an entire…
Q. I first applied for OPM disability retirement in 2008, submitting in a statement of disability, but nothing else. An OPM time-stamped copy was sent back to me. A few years passed, and I applied for Social Security disability. I was approved in 2014. I sent my Social Security disability approval documents to OPM to complete my OPM disability and was assigned a case number. What are my chances for approval?
Q. I was receiving my OPM disability annuity at 60 percent, but it was just reduced to 40 percent, which I was told happens after 12 months. However, I haven’t been approved for Social Security yet, and my attorney is appealing the denial. Will I be restored back to 60 percent until I receive my Social Security?