Augustine’s view of Time is essentially based upon the projection of our thoughts into the past; our current encounter with the present; and our anticipation of what will occur in the future. Without a human involvement in thought spanning across the spectrum of past, present and future, Time merely exists in the presence of the current moment.
Human beings are not the only species who utilize time and apply it for planning long-term. Other species plan for the coming winter; some engage in long flights to warmer conditions, and not necessarily for just a short stint in Florida. For planning “long-term”, however, the human species tends to engage in such sport more than others.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal employee from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, it may often appear that “long-term planning” is an act of futility, given the nature of an illness, medical condition or other form of disability.
However, filing for Federal Disability Retirement under FERS is actually an excellent plan for the future — long term. For, not only does it provide for a monthly annuity to live on; it actually is “building” your future long-term retirement by counting the time you are on Federal Disability Retirement in the total number of years being accrued, so that when your Federal Disability Retirement benefits are recalculated at age 62, the “total number of accrued years” takes into account not just the time you had as an active Federal employee, but also the years you have been on Federal Disability Retirement as an annuitant.
Thus, you are building up your retirement while you are on Federal Disability Retirement. Now, that is planning for long-term.
Robert R. McGill
Lawyer exclusively representing Federal and Postal employees to secure their Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.