Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Services for Veterans

Veterans’ Priority of Service

Priority of Service means veterans and eligible spouses are given priority over non-covered persons for the receipt of employment, training and placement services provided under a qualified job training program. Priority means that veterans and eligible spouses are entitled to precedence over non-covered persons for services. This means that a veteran or an eligible spouse either receives access to a service earlier in time to a non-covered person or, if the resource is limited, the veteran or eligible spouse receives access to the service instead of or before the non-covered person.

For the purpose of implementing the priority of service a broader definition of veteran is used. Under this definition the term “veteran” means a person who served at least one day in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Active service includes full-time Federal service in the National Guard or a Reserve component. This definition of “active service” does not include full-time duty performed strictly for training purposes (such as weekend or annual training), nor does it include full-time active duty performed by National Guard personnel who are mobilized by State rather than Federal authorities (such as natural disasters).

Eligible Spouse for Priority of Service

This definition means the spouse of any of the following:

  1. Any veteran who died of a service-connected disability;
  2. Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days:
    1. Missing in action;
    2. Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force; or
    3. Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power;
  3. Any veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service-connected disability, as evaluated by the Department of Veteran Affairs; or
  4. Any veteran who died while a disability, (as defined by category c. above), was in existence.

Note: A spouse whose eligibility is derived from a living veteran or service member (categories b. or c. above) would lose his or her eligibility if the veteran or service member were to lose the status that is the basis for the eligibility. Similarly, for a spouse whose eligibility is derived from a living veteran or service member, that eligibility would be lost upon divorce from the veteran or service member.