A medical condition never has a simple solution; depending upon the nature,
extent and severity of the condition, it must be "managed" and attended to throughout
one's life. Similarly, while "filing" for one's Federal Disability Retirement
benefit is an "event" which may constitute a series of actions which results in the
"approval" of a Federal benefit, the benefit itself must be "managed" and cared
for throughout a process of continuing retentive procedures. One cannot assume that once the benefit of OPM/Federal Disability Retirement is obtained -- given the hard fight
which one must engage in -- that the process is thereby over. That is the reason why the
foundational building-blocks which form the underlying administrative process -- of the decision of
which initial medical conditions to include in one's Statement of Disability; which medical evidentiary documentation to
include; how one should linguistically characterize the impact of the medical condition upon one's
job, tasks, positional duties, etc. -- is of great importance in establishing the
pattern of management for the future. For, as other issues, both economic and medical, may
potentially intrude upon one's Federal Disability Retirement annuity (i.e., whether one has earned income
above or below the 80% rule; whether one has been
restored medically such that OPM could argue for termination of one's Federal Disability Retirement
benefit, etc.), it is important to maintain a stance of managing one's Federal Disability Retirement
benefit throughout one's life, until one reaches the bifurcation
point at age 62 where it becomes "converted" to regular retirement.
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