• OPM Disability Retirement: Etymology versus Entomology
    The difference in spelling involves more than a single letter; but in using the words in a sentence, the subtle distinction of a single consonant makes for all the relevance in the world. One refers to the very history and evolution of words, their meaning and usage; the other is a branch of a larger […]
  • Federal and Postal Medical Retirement: Kaleidoscopic Clash
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  • FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: Life’s Alterations
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  • Federal & Postal Medical Retirement: Life’s Scarring
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  • OPM Disability Benefits for Federal and Postal Workers: Clarity of Purpose
    Most of life's events are characterized by coincidental stumbling; of chance meetings, of happening upon something that one is good at; or of taking on a job thinking that a couple of years of steady employment will allow for time while one tries to "find your direction", as if compasses determined by magnetic fields will […]
  • Federal & Postal Disability Retirement: It’s a Dog’s Life
    Animals are entities we encounter as subjects in a world of objects, but with whom we can have relationships and interactions beyond mere utility; the affection of a dog or similar pet, their importance in one's life -- these are beyond measurable quantification of significance. But there is a difference in the "other" species; of […]
  • OPM Disability Benefits: The Eyes Which Betray the Laughter
    Plato noted the significance of the eyes; as windows of the soul, they reveal the depth of emotion, character, empathy, interest, boredom, meanness, etc.; and just as true, the lack thereof. Laughter provides the concordance of mirth to context; cacophony occurs when the harmony between the two somehow fails to connect. The pinnacle of sadness […]
  • OPM Disability Benefits: Fatigue of Life
    There is clearly a distinction to be made between the general fatigue which life blows upon us all; like the child left to play outside in days of yore, and comes back with the grime of healthy dirtiness, the imperceptible layers of life's hardships cover everyone, like the light dusting of snow overnight revealed in […]
  • OPM Disability: Demythologization of the Process
    Beyond being an ugly word, Spinoza attempted it, but closer to the heart of a flawed hermeneutical approach, the theologian, Rudolf Bultmann spent his career attempting to separate the conceptually inseparable narratives encapsulating historical content, context and the meaning behind miracles and metaphor. All processes are mysterious, until detachedly analyzed, devalued or debunked. Some merely […]
  • OPM Disability Retirement: The Dissipated Dream, Delayed
    It is an enjoyment and pleasure of the highest order, and yet costs nothing; if remembered, the visual residue can be stored in the safety deposit boxes of one's memory, "as if" it actually occurred; and retrieving the memories can be as vividly regurgitated in the virtual reality of its existence, as that of having […]

OPM Disability Retirement Application Forms

Although the USPS Disability Retirement blog was created with U.S. Postal Workers in mind,  taking into account their unique needs and situations, Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS & CSRS really applies to all Federal Workers.  Here we have a few more links to literature that Attorney Robert R. McGill has written for the main blog,  the Federal Disability Retirement blog at WordPress.com, and its original blog, the Federal Disability Retirement blog at Lawyers.com.

  • OPM Disability Application .-  General blogs about the application.  These blogs are not so much about what to say in the form,  but rather about some general considerations, decisions,  and documents the applicant should consider gathering before filing for disability.
  • SF 3112 Disability Retirement Application Package.-  The whole enchilada together.
  • SF 3112A Applicant’s Statement of Disability for CSRS and FERS.-  One of the most important documents that the applicant will have to deal with.  It’s an absolute “must” to think well about what to say here,  because some mistakes you may mention here will never be able to be corrected,  not even by an experienced attorney in OPM Disability Law.  This is probably the reason why attorney McGill has spent the most time writing blogs and articles about this particular form.
  • SF 3112B Supervisor’s Statement for CSRS and FERS.-  One of the “headaches”  or “stress” forms.  We’ll let you figure out why when you read them.  No reason to panic though.
  • SF 3112C Physician’s Statement for CSRS and FERS.  If you pay close attention to these short articles,  you’ll figure out that this is also an extremely important document,  one that can be replaced by a detailed medical narrative.  In any case, the doctor will have to state both medical facts (which he or she will know very well) and some legal statutory requirements (which he or she will most likely be clueless about).
  • SF 3112D Agency Certification of Reassignment and Accommodation Efforts for CSRS and FERS.  This is the form where the Postal Service or the Federal Agency will most likely say that,  sure,  they tried to accommodate you so much and that you were never happy no matter how hard they tried to please you.  Sometimes, however, the agency will admit that you were not accommodated at the end.