It is a mindset. And, like all mindsets, the strength of the belief is revealed by the actions we take. Whether stemming from an insecure childhood or some trauma experienced later in life, the mentality of the fortress we build manifests itself in the way we approach problems, the manner by which we live our lives, and the methodology of our reactive devices.
Do we live without concern for tomorrow? Is our attitude one of trust and acceptance, or do we fear others and distrust even those closest to us? Do we hoard things, believing that tomorrow may foretell of disasters yet to occur? Are we wont to avoid new relationships because the old ones have failed us? And: Do we fear life, as opposed to viewing each day as a challenge to be met and conquered?
Then, of course, our vulnerabilities will open us further to the fortress mentality, and medical conditions will surely test our resolve. Medical conditions ascertain for us and validate such a mindset — that we need to build and create stronger fortresses against a world which continually fails us.
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, the “fortress” we build may likely include filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS.
Contact an OPM Retirement Lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law and begin the process of forging a different kind of fortress we build — that of a Federal Disability Retirement annuity.
Robert R. McGill, Lawyer