By Reg Jones
Q. I was on active duty for over 11 years and then received a medical retirement in June. I received a 90 percent Veterans Affairs Department disability rating. I have received a job offer in the VA health care system based on the training and experience that I received on active duty.
1. Can I receive leave accrual credit for my active-duty time? What is the pertinent section of the U.S. Code that deals with this?
2. Any other benefits that are transferable?
Q. I had a retirement date of Jan. 3, 2014, but have developed some health problems and may need to go out earlier or use my 17 weeks of sick leave, which would take me to the same date. Would it behoove me to use up the sick leave or go out two to three months earlier with the sick leave in tact? I will have 35 years, eight months and 13 days if I go out on Jan. 3, 2014.
Q. I am employed at a special salary rate and may be medically disqualified from my position. Can I be forced to take a position at the same paygrade which would result in a very significant loss of pay? Is my current salary guaranteed if I am forced to accept another position?
Q. I didn’t retire from the military. I was medically separated. So why do I have to do a military buyback for 12½ years in uniform? I have been with the Defense Department for almost 13 years but have received a length of service award for 24 years. Am I missing something here?
Q. I am a federal employee (25 years) under FERS. Can my employer (deputy of our division) send me an email, requesting that I consider medical retirement due to my heart condition? It goes without saying that I have days that I need to telework (he doesn’t like that), and/or be on leave due my illness.