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#21 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:23:49 AM(UTC)
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@icanzz that was what I was talking about. I was removed from service, but almost a year after being separated from service, I still had access to my last HR. In fact, after I received the same letter as you with my CSA#, I received another letter saying my supervisor didn’t fill out his report correctly AND I had to go back to my old HR and they got my supervisor to correct it and gave it to me, and I sent it by priority mail, along with all the medical information I had previously sent to Social Security.

Even though I had been separated almost a YEAR, HR still had to assist me with OPM’s further requests. I was just letting you know that they are still a resource for this process, even though in my case where I was fired because of my health issues.

I was approved for SSDI and approved 1/04/2019 for FERS DR. I didn’t need a lawyer either.

Just trying to be helpful. You may be able to use a local Federal HR, since your HR was out of the country. But hopefully you won’t have to deal with HR like I did.


I get it...I don't intend anything in response except "thank you" for your interest and advise. I do not intend ever to be dismissive or rude in my responses. I spoke with Boyer PA. on the phone...I know I have to take what I am told with some skepticism and wait and see...but I was told over the phone that since I was separated/resigned that they would be pulling ALL my records themselves. I appreciate the heads up on the letter to supervisor and will make it much less a shock when/if it comes.

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#22 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:14:15 PM(UTC)
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Actually, the letter regarding my supervisor was sent to me by Boyers with a copy of the Supervisor statement and Boyers letter in’s tructed me to go to my HR . I was pretty surprised myself when I received the letter. So was my HR, but there I was with my letter from Boyers requesting my HR get it corrected. I was separated March 2017 and this was May 2018. It’s “the guberment” so, really true story. They refilled it out and I sent it to Boyers by overnight. Anyhoo, that’s what happened to me.

In any case, I received my approval and just waiting for my back pay. I guess just add it to truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. We are talking about the VA here. 😁
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#23 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:50:25 PM(UTC)
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My Office was instructed to escort me off the property at gun point so I don't know what to tell you?
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#24 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:57:03 PM(UTC)
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Uhhh, okay. I was just giving my experience with having to use HR after my file went to Boyers. Not sure how this conversation turned to this, but having worked for the VA and how I was treated, it doesn’t surprise me if you experienced that.

I was a nurse for 45 years and had never worked at a hospital where the administration was so corrupt and my coworkers thought their job descriptions included sleeping on the job and leaving patients unattended for hours. Guess I shouldn’t be surprised by anything.
Glad you made it out alive. Be blessed
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#25 Posted : Sunday, April 21, 2019 9:07:41 AM(UTC)
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You still have access to your HR department. I filed within 4 weeks of the 12 month period. Your HR can give you a packet and they will fill out their portion of it and your previous supervisor will have to as well. Get the initial forms in, the address is in your paperwork. Overnight it and request a signature.

I was approved for DR last month, no lawyer was needed.

Be sure you get all your documentation in and you probably have quite a bit having already being approved for SSDI. Social Security can return your original documentation to them if you request it.

Good luck mate.


OP: I resigned due to medical conditions and applied for SSDI. I was approved for SSDI and later nearly 12 months after resigning discovered I was eligible to apply for OPM DR. Sent minimum forms in before deadline and received CSA#.

Well...I received letter from Boyers...for missing forms to fill out - Supervisor eval, Accomodation attempt, request for medical docs, and copy of last duty description.

Well My last HR is in Italy, no way to really work with them. I wrote on the medical form that my medical records are distributed accross the world at Military treatment facilities -MTFs. I explained I resigned due to condition and did not attempt accomodation, No idea where my last Supervisor is in the world. I mailed forms back. I really have no documents from applying/approval from SSDI. For SSA I signed medical release forms, and was sent for physical and mental evaluations provided by SSA. I received no copies of reports.
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#26 Posted : Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:56:12 AM(UTC)
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Update:

Yesterday I received email (personal email) from an Navy HRO Retirement Specialist on the east coast...basically saying I need to fill out the same forms Boyers, PA sent me and send to OPM...kind of crazy that I need to fill out a form that ALL I can do is put my name on it and the only place to sign is on the form is "Personel Chief". or For my "supervisor" to fill out. She did ask if I had any contact info for Naples...I sent her email for last Supervisor, but I don't know if he is still there. She (HRO) did say "I will get done one way or another" which is very encouraing. They are also asking for copy of PD...which I don't have copy and with no CAC or access to eOPF I dont know how to get one.

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#27 Posted : Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:02:31 PM(UTC)
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Update:

Yesterday I received email (personal email) from an Navy HRO Retirement Specialist on the east coast...basically saying I need to fill out the same forms Boyers, PA sent me and send to OPM...kind of crazy that I need to fill out a form that ALL I can do is put my name on it and the only place to sign is on the form is "Personel Chief". or For my "supervisor" to fill out. She did ask if I had any contact info for Naples...I sent her email for last Supervisor, but I don't know if he is still there. She (HRO) did say "I will get done one way or another" which is very encouraing. They are also asking for copy of PD...which I don't have copy and with no CAC or access to eOPF I dont know how to get one.


A lot (maybe all?) of Navy Civilian Retirements are processed in Portsmouth, VA. I am on the West Coast, and I know that's where our Retirement packages go. They should have someone experienced enough to help you. They should be able to get a copy of your last PD, also. They can order your OPF from St. Louis records archive, or perhaps will be able to access your eOPF and get it from there. They are responsible for helping your submit your claim. You need medical documentation to support your problems, though. Glad you found out about OPM DR before the deadline passed.
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#28 Posted : Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:43:48 PM(UTC)
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Yes Portsmouth, VA....

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Portsmouth, VA
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#29 Posted : Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:37:43 PM(UTC)
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So great that you got connected to someone who can help you navigate this process. Good luck!

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#30 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2019 7:39:37 AM(UTC)
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So great that you got connected to someone who can help you navigate this process. Good luck!



I don't now how great it is. It took nearly 3 weeks to get HR person and current person sitting in seat who would have been my supervisor in my last job to even communicate (email). Current person holding position is responding by saying "well I never actually supervised him, he left before I officially took the position". He also stated he does not know if any "accomadations were attempted-(which there were none) i simply resigned. HR says they need Command to fill out papers and sign....Command is saying they don't know enough to fill out forms. In the meantime I have no idea what Boyers, PA OPM is doing.
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#31 Posted : Tuesday, May 28, 2019 7:18:50 AM(UTC)
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Stuck in email hell. HRO on east coast is asking Navy Command in Naples to complete forms...Command in Naples is saying ..Well no one he worked for is here anymore, so we really can't. OPM ROC Boyers, PA has sent me "second notice" requesting medical documents...sending today. They also ask again for a copy of my Position Description from working over there. I don't have a copy of PD nor do I know how to get one.
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#32 Posted : Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:29:02 PM(UTC)
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Stuck in email hell. HRO on east coast is asking Navy Command in Naples to complete forms...Command in Naples is saying ..Well no one he worked for is here anymore, so we really can't. OPM ROC Boyers, PA has sent me "second notice" requesting medical documents...sending today. They also ask again for a copy of my Position Description from working over there. I don't have a copy of PD nor do I know how to get one.


Greetings,

LOL... As many times in my career where I had to show my position description to let my boss know it wasn't my job I always had a copy of mine. You should have been given a copy when you started working there. Check your in-processing paperwork if you still have it. If not, email your last HR office for a copy. They have to have it on file to hire the next person. If not, email the person who took your job for a copy of theirs. They aren't by name. Still have a copy of every one even from when I was flipping bratwurst in the bowling alley for NAF. Depending on your job, they are pretty generic. Lastly, do a search on the internet for your job series. You'd be surprised what is out there. USAJOBS might also be a good place to get it.

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#33 Posted : Saturday, July 13, 2019 9:02:26 AM(UTC)
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Wow ....I have been trying to gather more medical records and about to hire a lawyer....But received "APPROVAL" letter today!!!
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#34 Posted : Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:52:23 PM(UTC)
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That’s awesome. Congrats.
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#35 Posted : Sunday, July 14, 2019 3:43:15 AM(UTC)
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