We like to think that; of filtered memories downstream where the pond is pristine and pure. But the question remains: Were they?
Romanticization of “before” is a capacity uniquely human. Today, we even think of better wars before — of World War II, and even of that “Great War to end all wars” — WWI. To have endured and survived The Great Depression was to have experienced some grand period of American history; for, of better times before is of a time where communities were intact, children didn’t have the traumas of modernity, and life didn’t have the complexities of Smartphones, Facebook, Instagram and computerized conundrums.
Of better times before — before what? Before when?
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a health condition, the “before when” is answered quite easily: Before the onset of the medical condition. And the “before what” is also discernible: Of that time before when the medical condition was manageable, and it did not interfere with the ability and capacity to perform all of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal Service job.
Is it true — of better times before?
It depends upon the time period; but certainly, when health was thoughtlessly taken for granted, there were better times before, and in the comparative “now”, the way forward is to consider preparing an effective FERS Disability Retirement application, and have the time to attend to one’s health in order to reach that dreamland of better times before.
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.