Veteran Status Discrimination

The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA), as amended, prohibits discrimination and requires affirmative action in all employment practices for the following categories of protected veterans:

  • Disabled Veteran: A veteran (A) of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or (B) a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

  • Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran: Any veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order No. 12985. For more information, visit www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vgmedal2.asp.

  • Recently Separated Veteran: Any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

  • Other Protected Veteran: A veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service during one or more of the periods of war outlined in 38 U.S.C. § 101 or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

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.