What Is The Definition Of Disability Used By The Virginia Retirement System?

Under the Code of Virginia, “disability” means the VRS member is, and has been continuously since the effective date of retirement, mentally or physically incapacitated for the further performance of duty and the incapacity is likely to be permanent. A VRS member shall not be retired for disability for any condition which existed at the time of becoming a member unless medical evidence, convincing to the Medical Board, supports the fact that the pre-existing condition has worsened substantially.

If a VRS member is mentally or physically unable to perform their job, but the disabling condition is not likely permanent, the individual will not qualify for VRS disability retirement benefits.