Resources for Veterans Seeking Employment
How VEVRAA Helps Veterans Compete for Their Next Job
The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) assists protected veterans, not just those who served in Vietnam, by requiring federal government contractors and subcontractors who have contracts or subcontracts of $100,000 or more to take affirmative action in placing veterans in jobs.
The aim is to have a contracting and subcontracting workforce made up of 7 percent of individuals with disabilities (IWDs) and stop discrimination that prevents veterans from being rightfully hired.
How it Works for Job Seekers
When you apply for a job with a federal contractor or subcontractor, they will provide you with a standard form that asks if you are an IWD. At the same time, you will be given the opportunity to identify yourself as a protected veteran. Should the company make you an offer, there will be another post-offer opportunity to disclose your status.
Contractors and subcontractors with 50 employees and more are required to submit reports to the government to show they comply with VEVRAA. The information you provide about disclosing your status will help them benchmark their outreach to protected veterans.
Who is Eligible for VEVRAA
VEVRAA has identified four categories of protected veterans:
- Disabled veterans
- Recently separated veterans (within three years of discharge)
- Active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans
- Armed forces service medal veterans
If you are unsure if you are considered a protected veteran, view the Department of Labor’s Am I a Protected Veteran? chart.
What You Need to Know About VEVRAA
Not all veterans are automatically considered to be protected veterans. For those protected veterans who do apply for a job, they are required to have the appropriate skill set and level of experience to perform the job. Keep in mind that businesses with more than 15 employees are required to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities under the Americans With Disabilities Act, which may also help you reach your full potential in a new role.