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FERS Medical Retirement: Merry Christmas 2022

It occurs every year on the same date, year after year — and, yet, each time is unique, different, and memorable.  Despite the sameness, we can somehow remember explicit differences separating each — of dinner table conversations years later: “Remember Christmas of ____ when Uncle Ben went out and did X?”; “Or that Christmas morning snowstorm in ___?” Somehow, no matter the clutter of memories, each is bifurcated independently with joyful memories of uniqueness.

It is a time when everyone agrees to a cessation of hostilities and goes about shouting “Merry Christmas!”  To family and strangers alike.  That alone, in and of itself, is a miracle, without even invoking the religious significance of the date.  Somehow, all of the enmity and differences which divide, melt away, and are placed with goodwill from and for all.  Nations and families —both at the micro and macro levels, agree to a truce; everyone takes the day off (even Scrooge) and enjoys the company of the moment; and the warmth of the day sparkles with the blinking lights of decorated trees and windows in testament to joy and hope for tomorrow.

There is no other day like Christmas, and despite all of the problems facing families and nations alike, we will remember Christmas 2022 years hence — as that special day when we gathered together to shout the universal language: “Merry Christmas! “  And peace and joy to all.

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.


FERS Disability Retirement: Merry Christmas

Another year, gone.  It is the time of festivities; of families traveling great distances in order to gather together and engage in traditions created, memories served and food plentifully prepared; and then to share in the gift-giving — a secular occasion, to be sure, but with roots spanning centuries and across cultures and religious roots and customs.  Remember always that perfection is not the goal and failing to achieve it is not a reason to despair.  In the end, it is also not a contest to receive the most “stuff”, but rather, to reestablish relationships frayed or otherwise strained, and to enjoy the company of those who would make the effort to join in the singularly-appointed time of coming together.  Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year.
Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

Medical Retirement for Federal Workers: These Holidays

Do We dread, or welcome them?  Is it a season to which we look forward, or hope that they will quickly fade into memories best left forgotten?  Is it to endure, tolerate, give a plastic smile to, or do we guffaw uproariously where our hearts flutter with sincere flushes of joyful tears?

On the other hand, must our emotions always be bifurcated into extremes of disjunctives?  Must it be “Either/Or” (to borrow Kierkegaard’s Title to his opus magnum)?  Can it not be some compromised “middle ground” where we enjoy certain parts of it, tolerate with indifference others, and leave the rest to the ash heaps of eternal drawers shuttering away in memories unrevealed?

The “Holidays” are a time of bustle; and though we complain of the “commercialism” of the modern era, we refrain and restrain ourselves because we know that, to do so is to be tagged a “Scrooge”; and so we quietly acquiesce, “go with the flow” and smile wanly as the world decorates itself in preparation for a single day in a time of multiple troubles.

But in the end, isn’t it nice to “make-believe?”  For, there are always the tomorrows and the day after; the day before, and other times of mundane and common occurrences, and to celebrate one out of all of those “others”, even if tomorrow brings back the reality of tumults and memories of better yesterdays — still, through it all, it is nice to gather around and sing a Christmas carol, to light a candle, to bow in prayer for thanks and wishes.

In the end, it is — after all — these Holidays that matter not because the world says so, but because we have an excuse to be with family, friends, hug and laugh, if only for a day in remembrance of these holidays.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a Happy New Year.


Robert R. McGill, Esquire


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and other Salutations

For many Federal and Postal employees who have contemplated, or actually engaged, the long, administrative process of preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, the best Christmas present would be an approval from the Office of Personnel Management, thereby securing one’s financial and economic future for the coming New Year, and subsequent years.  Short of that, however, for all of the Federal and Postal employees who are considering filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, who are in the process of filing, or who have filed and are awaiting a decision, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire