Connecting Two Important Dots in a FERS Disability Retirement Application

Last Updated on August 6, 2019 by Federal Disability Lawyer

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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