Most people know; and still others, know that the “right” time has already passed, and is long overdue. Doctors have already shaken their heads in disbelief, disgust or with regretful expressions of facial futility; family members have begun to whisper behind backs; friends have stopped asking to include you for events which may require physical exertion or extensive conversations which require focus, concentration or cognitive stamina.
Federal and Postal employees all across the United States, and overseas where Civilian workers are stationed, put in long and dedicated hours to accomplish the mission of agencies. The general public at large has been allowed to critically eye the Federal or Postal worker because they are being paid through high taxes, etc. But Federal Disability Retirement is not a “handout”; it is merely an employment benefit which allows for disabled workers to go out and remain productive in the private sector, by being allowed to make up to 80% of what one’s former position currently pays — and thereby continue to pay back into the system through paying of taxes, and essentially keeping it a “self-paying” system.
No amount of shame or embarrassment should accompany the decision to file for Federal Disability benefits. It is simply an acknowledgement which has already been realized by friends, family, and often one’s own treating doctor: the right time has come because you have already “fought the good fight“, and it is time to move on to the next phase of life, and allow for the recuperative period of life take its course.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire