It is the sense of dispiritedness which paralyzes — of the loss of enthusiasm for something. It is a palpable loss, one which can be discerned and calibrated, and is as real as the tree which cracks open upon being struck by lightning. It can happen within a wide spectrum of issues and individuals — to the optimist as well as the cynic, to the perennial happy warrior and the pessimist; no one is spared.
Marriages can be destroyed by it; youthful vigor can be constrained and dampened; the tyranny of depression can be exacerbated by it; in the end, the discouragement factor often plays a greater role in failure than we often give credit for. It can come by word or tone; by a look or a lecture; and when fragile egos are involved, the quiet face of silence in a storm of enmity may be the sullen face of discord not told.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who receive a denial from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for a Federal Disability Retirement application, or for a termination of benefits already previously approved, contact a lawyer who specializes in FERS Disability Retirement Law.
Don’t let the discouragement factor overwhelm you. OPM’s intention is deliberate: They want you to be discouraged, and to give up the fight. But fight on you must, and the best strategy is to contact an attorney who specializes in FERS Disability Retirement Law.
Robert R. McGill, Lawyer