Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Disability retirees and the special retirement supplement

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Q. I am a Postal Service employee who has been injured on the job, and I now have permanent restrictions. My facility is supposed to close early next year. I am a FERS employee, 44 years old with 16 years of service. My manager told me to file for a medical retirement, which I did. Once approved for the medical retirement and when I would reach my normal minimum retirement age of 56.5 years, would I be eligible for the special retirement supplement before I begin receiving Social Security?

A. No, you wouldn’t. Disability retirees aren’t eligible to receive the special retirement supplement.

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