Goals are important to have. They provide for a destination point; a place where dreams have been projected unto; the ends for which we strive.
We often live by metaphors, and the one which pervades often encompasses sports and competition, of “goal posts” and “end zones”, of the last second buzzer where the swish of the ball sinks into the netting and the crowd roars in a unison of applause (although, even that has now been taken away with the Coronavirus pandemic); or even of a “finish line” in a marathon or the checkered flag for the fastest car.
It is, in the end, the goal to win, the goal to pass through, the goal to reach. But what about the road taken, the path traveled, the route that is considered? What if all of that changes, and the goal itself can no longer be reached without doing harm to one’s self? Should a quarterback continue to play despite an injury? Should a runner continue to “press on” despite doing harm to him or herself? Shouldn’t the goal change in order to accommodate the altering circumstances of an individual’s trek?
The question thus becomes: The goal of what? Is it worthwhile to reach retirement age if to do so will leave you in a debilitated state?
For Federal employees and U.S Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal worker from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, the goal may well remain the same: Of retirement. It may just be necessary to take the retirement a little early by filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS.
Consult with a FERS Attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, lest the goal of what becomes too poignant a question such that the goal posts become too far removed and beyond reach.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire