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Veteran's Preference in Employment

  1.  Veteran’s Employment Preferences

In compliance with Texas SB805, the University of Houston-Victoria is committed to providing a preference in employment to eligible veteran or disabled veteran applicants who meet minimum qualifications and any special qualifications for the position to which they apply.  The required preferences do not compel the University of Houston-Victoria to appoint a veteran or disabled veteran.  However, they do require that an eligible veteran or disabled veteran be appointed when the veteran’s or disabled veteran’s application assessment, combined with the veteran’s or disabled veteran’s preference, is equal to or higher than that of a non-veteran.

The University of Houston-Victoria is committed to hiring military talent, knowing first-hand that recruiting from the military community can lead to a strategic competitive advantage.  For more details regarding a Veteran’s Employment Preference, please contact our Veteran’s Employment Liaison in the Human Resources Department:

Lauree Pearson, Room 117B, University West Building, 361-570-4802, Human Resources Specialist, Veteran’s Liaison

  1.  Who’s covered?

A person who served in the active military, naval, or air services (including Air National Guard and National Guard) and who was discharged or released under honorable conditions, notwithstanding any action by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on individual’s discharged or released with other than honorable discharges.

    1. a veteran with a disability whose disability is service connected;
    2. a veteran;
    3. a veteran’s surviving spouse who has not remarried ; and
    4. an orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty.

 

  1. Interviews of Veteran  Applicants

An individual who qualifies for a veteran’s employment preference is entitled to a preference in the interview process over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.  However, the Veteran’s Preference statute does not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions at the University of Houston-Victoria are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager.

Also, please note that all offers of employment are tentative and based upon successful completion of a background check.  As such, all individuals who qualify for a Veteran’s Preference,  and are extended a job offer, will be required to provide a copy of his or her DD214 (or equivalent certification from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs) as part of the background check.

For more information on the Veteran’s Preference in Employment or if you have any questions regarding the statutes governed by SB 805 please contact Lauree Pearson.

For related information, please visit www.texas.gov or http://www.dol.gov/vets/

FAQs: about Veteran’s Preference

What is a Veteran’s Preference?

Individuals who qualify for a Veteran’s Employment Preference is entitled to a preference in employment with or appointment to a state agency or institution of higher education over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.

 

Who’s covered?

A person who served in the active military, naval, or air services (including Air National Guard and National Guard) and who was discharged or released under honorable conditions only or who later received an upgraded discharge under honorable conditions, notwithstanding any action by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on individuals discharged or released with other than honorable discharges. 

  1. a veteran with a disability whose disability is service connected;
  2. a veteran; 
  3. a veteran’s surviving spouse who has not remarried; and
  4. an orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty.

 

How do I know what positions qualify for a Veteran’s Preference?

All positions qualify for a veterans’ preference with the exception of student worker and other designated positions.

 

Who can I speak to if I have questions regarding the Veteran’s Preference?

You can speak with the Lauree Pearson in the Human Resources Department.   Please contact her at 361-570-4802.

 

If I have a complaint regarding an employment decision who may I contact?

Chapter 657 of the Texas Government Code provides that an individual entitled to a Veteran’s Employment Preference who is aggrieved by a decision of a State agency or institution, relating to hiring or to retention of the individual in the event of a workforce reduction, may appeal the decision by filing a complaint with the governing body of the agency. Please visit www.texas.gov  or speak to the Veteran’s Liaison, Lauree Pearson.

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