People always like to bifurcate everything into neat categories: Friend or not; useful or not; Good or bad; You or me. The binary approach, the disjunctive methodology; perhaps it is all an innate necessity for survival?
The ultimate categories of bifurcations is to live or die; to survive for another day or to cease existence; or, in a more poetic manner, Shakespeare’s, “To Be, or Not to Be” — yes, that is the question of ultimate significance; of Heidegger’s “Being or Nothingness”. Approval or Denial. Healthy or disabled. Efficient worker or not. Member of “the team”, or no longer. Neat bifurcations streamlined into a disjunctive of Kierkegaard’s “Either/Or”; that is how we like life to be — or not.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, the bifurcation is clear: Either suffer through as you are doing until retirement age, or file for Federal Disability retirement benefits. The rash “third” alternative is really a very bad one: Of simply resigning and walking away with nothing to show for all of the federal service you put in.
If you have a minimum of 18 months of Federal Service, you are eligible to file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS. Contact a retirement lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and begin the process of the ultimate bifurcation: To fight for your benefit, as opposed to the unwise other — to give up.
Robert R. McGill
FERS Disability Retirement Lawyer