Veteran's Status

The Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) prohibits discrimination and requires affirmative action in all employment practices for special disabled veterans and Vietnam era veterans. Other legislation identifies "newly separated veterans" and "Other Eligible Veterans."

Veterans of the Vietnam era means a person who: (A) served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days, and was discharged or released there from with other than a dishonorable discharge, if any part of such active duty occurred: (i) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975; or (ii) between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, in all cases: or (B) was discharged or released from active duty for a service-connected disability if any part of such active duty was performed: (i) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975; or (ii) between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, in all cases.

Special disabled veteran means: (A) a veteran who is entitled to compensation (of who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs for a disability: (i) rated at 30 percent or more; or (ii) rated at 10 or 20 percent in the case of a veteran who has been determined under 38 U.S.C. 3106 to have a serious employment handicap; or (B) a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

Newly separated veteran means any veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during the one-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty.

Other Eligible Veteran means a veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized. This includes WWII veterans with active duty service between December 7, 1941 and April 28, 1952. Refer to Criteria Identifying Other Eligible Veterans on US Office of Personnel Management website.

Please consult with your Human Resources office regarding the rights of employees who serve in the reserve military forces of the United States or National Guard.


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