We schedule our cars in for regular maintenance purposes; otherwise, overuse and lack of regular check-ups may result, we believe, in sudden and greater disrepair which may leave us without a reliable vehicle. We do that with our Air Conditioning and Heating systems; for, we are taught that preventative maintenance is the key to sound and reliable systems.
Is all of that true? Or, was it a ploy by the cottage “repair” industry to have us all spend money to spend money otherwise not needed? Isn’t it actually strange to have someone come into your home, check your systems and say, “Yes, everything is good-to-go”? Stranger, still, when the system breaks down and we call the same people to come and repair it, and when we ask them, “Well — wasn’t the preventative maintenance I paid you to do for the past decade supposed to catch this problem?” The answer: “Naw — no one could have predicted the doohickey to have broken when it did.”
For human beings, of course, it is quite different. Not only does preventative medicine not always work, but there is also that “ghost in the machine” — the human “spirit” that can also become broken. Whether from years and decades of slow and steady deterioration, or just the repetition of the constant barrage of life’s trials, people become broken both in body and in spirit.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition no longer allows the Federal or Postal employee to perform all of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, it may be time to consider filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS. Whether from a broken body or a despairing spirit, contact a Federal Medical Retirement Lawyer and see what the next steps are in seeking to rejuvenate the broken spirit.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire