It all began in childhood — of the question voiced; of the curiosity engendered; of the simple: Why?
It applies to everything in the world, and it confounds parents and teachers, not only because the single word-question deserves an answer, but because it tests the knowledge — and patience — of the queried one. Age-appropriateness often determines the depth of the answer required; and the extent of curiosity uncovers the seriousness of the query itself.
Why is grass green? Why do dogs bark? Why does rain drop from the sky?
Some may answer every query with a nonsensical circularity just to get rid of the question, such as: “Just Because that’s the way it has always been”. Of course, such an answer neither responds properly to the question, nor satisfies the child who asks the question, and as the child grows older, will either wither in his or her diminished enthusiasm of wonder, or go elsewhere to obtain a more satisfactory response.
If a parent does not possess the knowledge to respond, the better answer would be: “I have often asked that myself! I don’t know the answer to that, but let’s go to a reliable source and find out, together, what the answer to that fascinating question is!” And with that question in hand, you can go to an encyclopedia, a dictionary, or some other source — from a hard copy of a book (wow — isn’t that an outdated thought!) to an online source of dependability — and satisfy a child’s wonder of curiosity.
For, the reason why is always just the beginning to an answer beyond, which is a perpetual and never-ending process for a curious mind; and in the end, the question of “why” is merely the beginning, and never the end, and it is the process of engaging the world in acquiring knowledge which is the important “thing” to consider.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who are contemplating an end to one’s Federal or Postal career because of a chronic medical condition which prevents the Federal employee from performing all of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal position, there are going to be many “whys” throughout the process.
Why is the application insufficient to meet the legal criteria? Why must X be submitted? Why must Y accompany the application?
Satisfying the many “whys” of your application is important to complete the application properly. The questioning and the reasoning given, as in the former days of your childhood when you were curious as to all of the various “whys” of the world, remain crucial in order to meet the legalities involved.
To answer your query of all of the “whys” in preparing, formulating and filing an effective FERS Disability Retirement application, contact a FERS Retirement Lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and consider why — and even how — you must apply the law in a Federal Disability Retirement application.
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.