Q: With regards to your article, What is the Special Retirement Supplement and Why Is it Important?, you state, “It is designed to replace the portion of an age 62 Social Security benefit that is due to civilian employment under the FERS system (military time that has been bought for FERS retirement does not count in computing the special retirement supplement (SRS)). ”
I am a VA employee under FERS retirement. I plan to retire with 29 years VA service with an additional 4 years military time that I bought for FERS for a total of 33 years. I meet the MRA. Does this mean I would not be eligible for SRS?
A: No. All it means is that your supplement will be based on your civilian time, making it slightly smaller than if military time were counted..