The crafted statement is the one which is thoughtfully delineated, carefully constructed and put forth with logical force of persuasive content. It is not the one written in a panic of time-constraints, nor the one rushed with the background admonition screaming in one’s mind that it “must be finished!”
The crafted statement takes into account the evidentiary basis, evaluates the strengths, carves out the weaknesses and applies the legal precedent in appropriate and effective ways. While repetition is a tool utilized (because, after all, we are dealing with seasoned bureaucrats at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management who are quite used to repetitive content), it nevertheless does not apply such a tool without sound reasoning behind each word of redundancy, but instead places the cadence of words within a rhythmic sentence wrapped in a paragraph of argumentative methodology of persuasive content.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who are putting together one’s Federal Disability Retirement packet, to be submitted whether first through one’s Human Resource Office at one’s agency (if the Federal or Postal worker is still an employee, active or not, or if separation has occurred but not for more than 31 days) and then to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management — or, alternatively, if separation has occurred and 31 days or more has passed, but not more than 1 year, then directly to OPM at Boyers, PA — the crafted statement is a “must” in completing SF 3112A, Applicant’s Statement of Disability.
But that is not the only place where the “crafted” statement must be prepared. Long before SF 3112A is completed, or even contemplated for completion, SF 3112C and its confusing instructions had to be dealt with. Physicians are not known for their writing abilities; rather, they are (hopefully) great at providing sound medical care, but as for the well-crafted statement, well…some guidance and input from an attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law is the first step in putting together the crafted statement.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire