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Protected Veteran Status: What Is It And How To Get It

Bronze statue of fallen soldier being held by a woman

Protected veteran is a term defined by the U.S. government as someone who is disabled, recently separated from the military, served in wartime or during a campaign, or earned the Armed Forces Service Medal.

The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) and its subsequent amendments stipulates that VEVRAA veterans be given equal opportunity and that employers take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment these protected veterans.

To further clarify what a protected veteran is, let’s look at the various classes of protected veteran.

  1. A disabled veteran is considered a protected veteran if they served in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service and they are entitled to compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs; or they are considered a protected veteran because they are a person discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  2. A recently separated veteran is a protected veteran if they served during the three-year period beginning on the date of the veteran’s discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military.
  3. If a veteran served on active duty during wartime or if he/she earned a campaign badge, that individual is considered a protected veteran. The protected veteran must have served in ground, naval or air service during a war or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized by the Department of Defense.
  4. An Armed Forces Services Medal Veteran is also a protected veteran because they served on active duty in the U.S. military during a U.S. military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.

Earning protected veteran status is as simple as finding a qualifying opportunity to serve and in recent years veterans of the Global War on Terror, those responding to the COVID-19 crisis and those serving in Operation Inherent Resolve all qualify and have earned their protected veteran status. But rather than chase preferred employment status, its probably better to do your duty, do it well, and reap the benefits of things you’ve earned, not pursued.

Comments on this post ( 7 )

  • Sep 09, 2022

    we have Colonel John Williams as the grand marshall of our hometown festival this year . all i know is he was married to Amelia Griner Williams , worked at the Pentagon and was active during at-least the Viet Nam war . He was a full Colonel and drips with medals . We have a picture of L.B.J. awarding him something. I know he went to Nam while the war was going on and speaks of people he was proud to have known but I do not recognize by name . He walks with the aid of a walker for short spurts and is full of stories .. He achieved his Dr. title while in service and we are hoping to have him awarded with and additional medal at our VIP breakfast before the parade . I would appreciate any help we can get .Is there a veteran award or a medal for serving and being a Dr. ? anything that would give him the recognition we believe he deserves. Air Force retired

    — Traci Harper

  • Sep 02, 2022

    I WAS SEVERLY INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT WHILE DOING MY DUTY, I WAS GIVEN CPR AND LEFT FOR DEAD THEY CALLED FOR AN AMBULANCE TO COME AND GET MY BODY. I WAS PLACED IN THE NAVAL HOSPITAL UNDER DOCTOR CARE THE DOCTOR WANTED TO OPERATE ON ME, HE FILLED OUT ALL OF THE PROPER MEDICAL FORMS AND SUBMITTED THEM TO HIS SUPERIOR WHOM REFUSED THE DOCTOR REQUEST. I WAS REDUCED FROM 1A, TO 1AH, THEN TO 1F, AND FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT I WAS SEPARATED FOR AN ACCIDENT WHILE TRAINING AND RETIRED OUT OF THE SERVICE. HOWEVER, THE VA DIDN,T LET ME KNOW THIS INFORMATION AND HAVE BEEN GIVING ME THE RUNAROUND FOR OVER 46 YEARS.

    — CORNELL HOWARD

  • Aug 24, 2022

    Darryl F.,

    If you believe you are eligible for points preference for federal employment, recommend you take that up with OPM. Sounds like you are correct. Good luck.

    — Steve

  • Aug 24, 2022

    I received the Armed Force Expeditionary Medal for being in the Libyan conflict , I am a 10 point Vet and i received 30 % disability , I thought i get preference when it comes to the hiring field for Government Jobs

    — Darryl Fletcher

  • Jul 26, 2022

    To be a protected veteran of the Vietnam era. The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other
    cases. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 101(29))

    — Jim Enloe

  • Jul 09, 2022

    I received the armed forces expeditionary metal for the Vietnam evacuation in April of 1975 on the USS Midway and served in the U,S Navy from 1973 to 1983 and the VA has me as a piece time veteran . They look at that in my record and try their best to cheat me out of my benifts

    — George Sherwood

  • Jul 09, 2022

    I received the armed forces expeditionary metal for the Vietnam evacuation in April of 1975 on the USS Midway and served in the U,S Navy from 1973 to 1983 and the VA has me as a piece time veteran . They look at that in my record and try their best to cheat me out of my benifts

    — George Sherwood

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