Wind chimes are interesting objects; at once created to provide a soothing, mellifluous sound, they are often the product of artificiality attempting to mimic nature, and normally presented in the guise of nature’s own pleasantries. Because the world has become a composite of artifice, we attempt to recreate that which we have destroyed or lost. It attempts to “sound like” the real thing. But it is the very mimicking which fails to meet the standard of the original, no matter how hard we try.
In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, if the Federal or Postal worker is attempting to obtain Federal Disability Retirement benefits without the assistance or expertise of an attorney, then the one caveat which should be applied is as follows: Do it as a layman, not as an attorney. In the end, the paper presentation to the Office of Personnel Management should be decided based upon the merits of the case. However, when a Federal or Postal employee, unrepresented, attempts to “sound like” a Federal Disability Attorney, it creates an impression — sometimes of comical proportions — of bluster and lack of credibility, which detracts from the merits of the case.
In reviewing cases which have been denied at the First or Second Stages of the process, there are Disability Retirement filings which have attempted to follow certain “templates” based upon information provided, and which purport to cite legal authorities. Obviously, the denial itself is proof enough that such attempts at “sounding like” fell on deaf ears. Take the time to listen to the original; as in art, paintings, music and human contact, the “real thing” is almost always irreplaceable.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire