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thomdm  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, July 12, 2017 9:50:26 AM(UTC)
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I am 53 with 33 years of experience, and currently under FERS. Over the last 2 years I have had major depression and anxiety issues which have greatly affected my performance at work. I'm not able to concentrate and perform the major functions of my position. I have had my psychiatrist fill out paperwork documenting my disability. If I file for disability retirement and then am able to get better, how does this affect my retirement? If I have reached my minimum retirement age (56), would I automatically be transferred to a regular retirement? What happens If I and my doctors agree that I have gotten better at age 55? I wouldn't be eligible for immediate retirement at that age. Would my current employer be required to hire me back? How would my health benefits be affected by either of these timelines? Thank you for any assistance you can help with.

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Frankish  
#2 Posted : Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:00:07 AM(UTC)
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Search the OPM site for "Information About Disability Retirement (FERS)". All of the above questions are answered in the noted 10 page document. Further assistance is available via human resources at the agency. No offense, but an employee with decades of service in federal employment and proceeding with required paperwork for disability retirement cannot be that void of an understanding of the process involved with disability retirement.



thomdm  
#3 Posted : Monday, July 17, 2017 7:07:16 AM(UTC)
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Thank you for responding. I have read the information, but it didn't answer my specific questions and I was hoping to get help from someone who might be able to answer them. I do appreciate you responding though.
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