In classical logic, the disjunctive can be posed in syllogistic form: Either A or B but not both; Not A; Therefore, B. Jack lives in either Apartment A or in Apartment B, but not in both. He does not live in Apartment A. Therefore, Jack lives in Apartment B.
It is, in many ways, a crossroads, where the proverbial fork-in-the-road requires a decision. What the disjunctive syllogism does not do, of course, is to take in the third option — of doing nothing; of not moving from decision-making to action; in which case, that third option often results in paralysis, further deterioration and consuming negation.
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, inertia at the crossroads of one’s career can result in the devastation of further ruination: Being placed on a Performance Improvement Plan; further deterioration of one’s own health; Termination from Federal Service.
Filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS is option B. Option A is to remain at the job at the cost of one’s health, and that is certainly no option at all. And option C? To resign and walk away with nothing after all of that vested time with the Federal Government? That, too, is not really a viable option.
Contact a disability lawyer to discuss the further particulars of your case, and consider the syllogistic value of the disjunctive.
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.