Chapter 5: Special Conditions
Service and Disability Retirees
Most individuals retire on a service retirement. The individual's retirement benefit is based upon the number of years of eligible service in a retirement system. Some individuals retire on a disability retirement. An individual who becomes disabled as a result of an injury on the job may be eligible to retire on a duty disability. An individual who is disabled as a result of an illness or injury off the job may be eligible to retire on a non-duty disability.
When the term retiree is used on the following pages, it applies to both service and disability retirees unless otherwise noted. Disability retirees should be aware that they might lose their right to disability benefits by returning to employment. A disability retiree can be asked to undergo a medical examination at any time. If the medical examination shows the individual has recovered from the disability, the disability benefit may stop.
Disability retirees should contact the retirement system from which they retired for information about how returning to employment may affect their retirement benefit.