It can often be noted in the quivering voice at the other end of the telephone line (or,
would it be more accurate to state, in the modern vernacular, at the "other end of the
satellite signal"?) -- that sense of impending doom that filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of
Personnel Management will encompass. But such a sense of the negative is a misguided view of
Federal Disability Retirement. For, the Federal or Postal Worker who is contemplating such a course of action should
recognize and realize that it is essentially a positive endeavor -- one which will allow the Federal
or Postal worker to start a
second vocation or career, and make up to 80% of what one's former position currently pays.
Federal Disability Retirement is merely an acknowledgement that there is an inconsistency
between one's medical condition and the type of job in which one is
currently employed; it does not preclude one from working altogether, unlike the stricter rules and
regulations involving Federal Worker's Compensation benefits (OWCP/Department of
Labor) or even SSDI (with a much lower cap in one's ability to earn additional income). And
that feeling of doom? It is like what the British
Philosopher Bertrand Russell once quipped when asked about the source of one's anguish when
confronted with a metaphysical conundrum: "It is likely merely an upset
stomach". OPM Disability
Retirement is an avenue which should be seen in a positive light, and that sense of doom one
often feels should be set aside, and the reality of one's situation and the brightness of one's
future should always be emphasized.
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