We tend to overstate such concepts. Life is never static; the measure of a person’s character, career, family or friendships cannot be conclusively determined by some global, singular standard. There is a spectrum to be applied — of periods where a measure of success is attained, and other times when some judgment of failure may be appropriate.
Rarely can an entire life be measured by such an all-encompassing criteria.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who are preparing to file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, there is often an apologetic attitude which prevails — the very same attitude which compelled you to delay filing for OPM Disability Retirement benefits to your own detriment, health-wise and with consequences to your family.
Somehow, you “feel” guilty, as if you are letting others down; that you have worked all of your life and you don’t “deserve” to access a benefit such as Federal or Postal Disability Retirement benefits. Bosh! (One can, of course, think of more colorful language, but perhaps we should keep it clean, here).
Federal Disability Retirement is a contractual benefit which you signed on to when you became a Federal or Postal employee and met the 18-month minimum threshold for being a Federal or Postal employee. You have every right to file for it and access that benefit if you meet the eligibility criteria. No need for apologies. No need for guilt. It is not a measure of whether you are a success or a failure.
Contact an OPM Disability Lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and begin the process of submitting a successful OPM Disability Retirement application, lest you allow yourself one more day of wrong-headed thoughts about success or failure.
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.