Disability Retirement

Overview

Disability Retirement

Members who become unable to perform the duties of their jobs as a result of becoming permanently disabled may, regardless of age, apply for disability retirement. If the Board of Retirement determines a member to be disabled, a lifetime retirement benefit will be received. There are two types of disability retirement benefits.

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Nonservice-connected Disability Retirement

If you have five or more years of eligible retirement service credit, regardless of your age, you may be eligible for a nonservice-connected disability benefit, provided you are permanently incapacitated for the performance of your job duties.

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Service-connected Disability Retirement

If you become permanently incapacitated for the performance of your duties, and the incapacity is a result of injury or disease arising in the course of your employment with a VCERA participating employer, you may file a service-connected disability retirement application.

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Filing for Disability Retirement

An application for disability retirement may be filed by you, the department in which you were last employed, or any other person on your behalf. The application for disability retirement must be filed while in service, within four months after the discontinuance of service, or at any time after the date of discontinuance of service if you have been continuously physically or mentally incapacitated to perform your job duties.