• Postal & Federal Medical Retirement: To Shelve a Book
    It is an act of finality; a sense of resignation pervades when a book which one treasured is placed on a shelf. One may deceive oneself that it can always be retrieved at some future, unknown and unspecified date, but in a world where the bombardment of newness and the constancy of moving on to […]
  • Federal Employee Disability Retirement: Explosions of Reality, Containers of Fantasy
    It is often the converse; as reality is that which constitutes the universe of the knowable, it is that which is contained and determinably set within the parameters of perception; likewise, we normally consider fantasy as that which cannot be contained, and therefore is unstable and likened to a detonated delinquency of diverted desires. But […]
  • Federal & Postal Medical Retirement: Imagining a Life Beyond
    The known quantity provides a semblance of comfort; the unknown, a stirring of unease. That which has been repetitively engaged, through monotony of routine and familiarity of choice, is preferable to the haphazard disorientation of the disrupted interlude. As one grows older, entrenchment to routine and the known universe becomes the comfort zone of defaulted […]
  • OPM Medical Retirement: Beyond Forms
    Some of Plato's works elucidate concerns which belie clarity of thought, where conceptual confusions become enmeshed with absurd abstractions and unnecessary complications beyond the parameters of linguistic capacity to provide technical comprehension; in a word, he was complicating matters. The Republic embraced a bold insight into human nature and the political apparatus of power; [...] […]
  • Federal & Postal Medical Retirement through the OPM: The House of Doom, with a Spare Room
    The inescapable tangles and chains of oblivion are often those dark recesses within one's psyche; Houdini merely performed to the public the capacity and ability to escape physical constraints; the greater challenge for most continues in the deterioration of the psychology of despondency. Whatever the paradigm of modern medicine bases its treatment approach, whether on […]
  • Disability Retirement from the USPS and other Federal Government Agencies: Belonging
    There are no more causes by which people live, and those who do, do so within an artifice of self-justifying chameleons of linguistic gibberish. Once upon a time, grand philosophical systems were propounded; from the historical backdrop of Plato's Republic, to the teleological schemata of Aristotle's Metaphysics; to Aquinas' Christian worldview, Kant's bifurcation of the […]
  • OPM Disability Retirement for Postal Workers & other Federal Civilian Government Employees: The Ronin
    The ronin is a masterless samurai; he is one who was released from any obligations from the daimyo, or feudal lord, who retained the samurai for protection and was paid a stipend. The literal translation of the term is often ascribed as a "wave man", or one who is let go to travel adrift amidst […]
  • Retiring from Federal Service with OPM Disability Retirement: Happy Puppy
    Overused words lose their intended efficacy. Perhaps the point of decay came about when the (unnamed) fast-food company decided to combine the word with the term, "meal", and thereafter kids, grandkids and celebrity popularization effectively killed the last semblance of meaning. But when watching the exuberance exhibited by a puppy, where commonplace activities are engaged […]
  • OPM Disability: Foreign Lands
    There was a time when foreign lands had a sense of the exotic and prohibitive; but in a shrinking world, where technology brings images of distant scenery into homes and living rooms "as if" time and geographical dissonance matters not; and where virtual reality and computer graphics crosses the bifurcated worlds of fantasy and reality; […]
  • OPM Disability Retirement Benefits: Present Perfect Future Tense
    Grammar is something we simply survive; it is rarely a career choice, and even less likely anything but a distant memory of distasteful dissonance. But the ability to convey thoughts and conceptual constructs remains a necessity throughout one's life; and when a present circumstance calls for it, the capacity to plan for the future, while […]

Reconsiderations and Other Medical Matters during the USPS Disability Retirement Process

Postal employees who give their lives at the expense of their bodies, and who must file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (with a waylay station via the H.R. Shared Service Office in Greensboro, North Carolina), may encounter a First Stage denial of the application, and wonder: Why? The […]

The U.S. Postal Service and Federal Disability Retirement: The National Reassessment Program, the Agency and the Worker

The U.S. Postal Service has, for many years, been a “good employer” for thousands of hard-working Postal employees. By ascribing the term “good”, of course, one enters […] […]

To Resign or Not To Resign From the US Postal Service

I am often asked whether or not it is okay to resign from the Post Office prior to either (1) filing for disability retirement or (2) receiving a decision from the Office of Personnel Management. A decision to resign from the Agency must be weighed very carefully, for there are multiple factors which must […]

Why Is the Postal Worker Being Removed From Service?

While a compromise position on certain issues in the U.S. Postal Service Disability Retirement for FERS & CSRS may be the best that one may hope for, obviously, clarity over question is the better course to have.  Thus, for instance, in a removal action, where a Postal employee is being removed for his or […]