As the spouse of a veteran, you may benefit from federal job-hiring preferences. These rules recognize the hardships you have endured as the result of service. They give veterans and qualifying spouses an edge when it comes to getting a federal job – and keeping that job in the face of job cuts.
A new rule, effective September 30, 2011, affects spouses of veterans:
- with 100 percent disability, or
- who were killed while on active duty
These spouses were already receiving a time-limited preference under the previous rule. This new rule eliminates that prior two-year deadline. So, under the new rule, you continue to qualify for the preference indefinitely.
You will need documentation showing:
- when your veteran was found to be 100 percent disabled; or
- when your veteran was killed on active duty
While no one is guaranteed a job, a veteran’s preference will provide you with a leg up on the competition. Your application will be placed into a “special” pile on the desk of the government agency that is hiring.
To find out more about how to apply for federal jobs visit the following links:
Go here to read the official announcement of this rule change.
September 2011; Updated January 2018