This is a society that always pushed forward. Older societies; countries and groups that have been around for a long time; established families and ones declaring aristocratic lineage — they all rely upon the past. It is the glory of the past that gives credence and status to most other societies; ours is a personality for the future, and so it is difficult when an illness, injury or disabling medical condition holds us back, keeps us static or restrains us from pushing forward.
Forward progress has always been the gauge of success, the measurement of merit and the stature of upward mobility. The frustration felt because of this recent pandemic is emblematic of our inability to remain in place. Pushing forward has always been our identity, our force of attraction, and to hold back goes against our very nature.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition is holding you back from performing successfully all of the essential elements of your job, preparing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application may be the way to push forward. Yes, it is a sort of “pulling back” — but only as a temporary measure.
Federal Disability Retirement encourages the medical retiree to work in the private sector and make up to 80% of what your former position currently pays, and in that sense, retiring on a medical disability is simply another way of “pushing forward” — just in a different career.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire