Connecting Two Important Dots in a FERS Disability Retirement Application

In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, it is the nexus — the connections which are made between any two or more issues, concepts, evidence, etc. — which raises a Federal Medical Insurance Retirement application to meet the standard of required proof under the law. Such connections to be made are vital, and determine the success or failure of a Federal Medical Retirement application.

We have all encountered eccentric individuals in our lifetimes — whether of the proverbial “batty-aunt” who talks incessantly about things which nobody understands; or the “flighty friend” who can talk a mile-a-minute about a thousand disconnected issues all in one breath; or perhaps it is a chance-meeting with a stranger who, after a long conversation, one realizes didn’t make a bit of sense in anything that was said.

In conversation, one can engage in such language games which have little to no correspondence to reality, and not have to pay a price for such engagement.  In the world of Federal Disability Retirement, failing to make the necessary connections will most certainly lead to a denial of a Federal Retirement application.

Thus, the persuasive connection between one’s positional duties and the health conditions; the argumentative connection between the prevailing law and one’s factual statements; the impacting connection between the medical reports and the entirety of the submitted case; and multiple other connections — each must be carefully crafted.

In a world where we come upon a “noumenal” world (as Kant would state), and where our cognitive categories organize the disparate world we discover, establishing the necessary nexus between X, Y & Z is something which the Federal Disability Retirement applicant should never overlook.


Robert R. McGill, Esquire

3 thoughts on “Connecting Two Important Dots in a FERS Disability Retirement Application

  1. I currently work for Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration. I am contemplating a medical retirement however I would like information about the best way to pursue this. I have also sent an email from my Yahoo account.

  2. Hi
    I’m a disabled air traffic controller under FERS. It took almost 5 years for OWCP to finally approve my claim. It started on 9/2006 and after appeal I was finally approved in 2010. When I was fired on appeal with OWCP, I was set up under an annuity through OPM. I was left to fill out all the retirement paper work by myself. I have always carried 5x my annual salary until I was fired. I now only have 100 000.
    I am married to another disabled air traffic controller. We are in the process of divorce now. Divorce is a life changing event. I understand you correctly, after the divorce, probably within 31 days with a medical exam I can instantiate my 5x and the additional $10,000. Is that correct? If like to change it. What do I need to do?

  3. What if my spouse who I have been separated from for 9 years though not legally but physically will not sign the Section D of my 3107 and will not even meet with we to discuss it?

    Jimmy Alexander


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