You know, two weeks ago, I just checked my own 457 plan on this. I am not retired, and I am maxing out on this deferred comp plan and I finally thought to ask what the rules were for availing of the money.
I had assumptions that I had to wait until I reached a certain age (55, 59 1/2, etc.) or had put in a certain number of work years, but I was delighted to find out that the money is accessible at any time upon separation from my government employer.
What a nice surprise for me and for you, too.