What is Veterans' Priority of Service

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Veterans’ Priority of Service Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Question:  What is Veterans’ Priority of Service and what does it mean?
Answer:  Federal Law requires veterans and other covered eligibles to be served ahead of or instead  of all other job seekers in all U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funded employment and training programs, notwithstanding any other provision in law.

Question:  Who are the other covered eligibles? 
Answer:   Some spouses who are married to veterans who are 100% service-connected disabled, spouses of veterans who died from their disability, spouses of service members held prisoner or detained by a foreign or hostile power.  

Question:  What does ‘notwithstanding any other provision in law’ mean?
Answer:  Certain U.S. DOL funded programs have other requirements in law.  For example, U.S. DOL funded Youth Programs have age criteria, some programs have income guidelines, others require applicants be laid off through no fault of their own, while others provide services to workers displaced by foreign trade.  Veterans must meet the same program eligibility criteria as all other job seekers.   

Question:   If Veterans must meet the same program criteria as all other job seekers, what is the value of “Veterans Priority of Service”?    
Answer:   When veterans and non-veterans request U.S. DOL funded employment services or training funds through their local American Job Center (AJC), the veterans request for service or application for training funds, must be processed first.  The value is that eligible and appropriate veterans are served first, and funded first, in all DOL programs.   

Question:  Are veterans given any preference in job postings in the Connecting Colorado system?
Answer:   Federal Law requires every American Job Center to first notify qualified veterans of any job posted in its system before notifying non-veterans.

Question:  Are veterans given any preference with regard to job fairs?
Answer:   Veterans are granted early access to all PPWFC-sponsored job fairs.

Question:  Are veterans given any preference when employers use Connecting Colorado to search for eligible candidates?
Answer:   Yes, when an employer completes an applicant search using Connecting Colorado, qualified veterans are placed at the top of any applicant list.

Question:  Are veterans given any preference with regards to job skill development workshop or class event registration?
Answer:  Veterans are informed they may still attend the class or workshop even if it is full.