Veteran's Preference

FAQ - Veteran's Preference

State law requires that employment preference be given to people who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty, for reasons other than training, during periods of war or any other campaign, expedition, or engagement for which a campaign badge or medal is authorized by the United States Department of Defense.

Who is eligible?

Veteran refers to a person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty, for reasons other than training, and was discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.

Eligible veteran means:

  • A veteran who has served during a period of war
  • A veteran with a service-connected disability
  • The spouse of a veteran who cannot qualify for employment because of a total and permanent service-connected disability
  • The un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability

How does one claim Veteran's Preference?

To claim Veteran's Preference, eligible persons must complete a Citrus County School's online application, fill out a veteran's preference claim formand submit proof of veteran status to the Human Resources Department before the closing date of the job posting. Proof of veteran status (DD form 214) can be attached to the job application or faxed to the attention of Human Resources at 352-249-2122.

The veteran's preference claim form can be found here

Disabled Veterans must also provide certifying documents from the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration or the Division of Veterans Affairs that the veteran has a service-connected disability.

Spouses of disabled Veterans must provide certification from the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration or the Division of Veterans Affairs that the veteran has a service-related disability; certificate of marriage to the veteran; a statement attesting that the spouse is still married to the veteran at the time of application; and proof that the disabled veteran cannot qualify for employment because of a service-connected disability.

Spouses of Persons on Active Duty must provide a document from the Department of Defense or Veterans Administration certifying that the person on active duty is listed missing in action, captured in the line of duty or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government. They must also provide a statement attesting that the spouse is married to the person on active duty at the time of application for employment.

Un-remarried Widow or Widower of a Deceased Veteran must provide a document from the Department of defense or Veterans Administration certifying the service-connected death of the veteran, evidence of marriage and a statement that the spouse is not remarried.

Minimum Qualifications

An eligible veteran is entitled to preference at each stage of the hiring process; however, the preference is not absolute.

In order to claim Veteran's Preference, eligible veterans must meet the maximum qualifications for the position and must be capable of performing the duties assigned to the position. The rule defines minimum qualifications to mean a specification of the kinds of experience, training, education and/or licensure or certification that provide appropriate job-related evidence that an applicant possesses the minimum required knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to the discharge of the duties involved.

Veterans Preference in Perpetuity

A person eligible for Veterans Preference in appointment (defined by s. 295,07 FS) does not forfeit employment preferences eligibility once that veteran or eligible spouse of the veteran has been employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state. Effective July 1, 2007, Florida law restores Veteran's Preference in employment for all categories of protected individuals previously employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state.

Preference in Layoffs

Where a layoff is necessitated in a covered position, similar preferences must be given to the covered employee in the retention process.

Preference in Reinstatement or Reemployment

When an employee in a covered position leaves employment for the purpose of serving in the armed forces, he or she is entitled to reinstatement or reemployment upon release or discharge from active military service.

Promotion Preference

Promotion preference applies only to a veteran's first promotion after reinstatement or reemployment, without exception.

Right to an investigation

If you believe that you were not afforded employment preference in accordance with Section 295.09, Florida Statutes, you may file a complaint with the Division of Veteran's Affairs requesting an investigation.

Complaints must be filed within 21 calendar days from the date of notification by the employer or the selection of a non-preference eligible applicant. Complaints should be filed with:

Florida Department of Veteran's Affairs (FDVA)
Mary Grizzle Building, Suite 311-K
11351 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33778-1630