Sending Office: Honorable Vicky Hartzler
The Veterans’ Preference Parity Act is endorsed by numerous Veterans Service Organizations, including:
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Paralyzed Veterans of America, Reserve Officer Association, Enlisted Association of the National Guard, National Guard Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Association
of the United States Navy, Jewish War Veterans of the United States, American Veterans (AMVETS), & Military Order of the Purple Heart
Original Cosponsors: Bacon (R-NE), Baird (R-IN), Bishop (D-GA), Brownley (D-CA), Cole (R-OK), Cook (R-CA), Cunningham (D-SC), Davis (R-IL), Gohmert (R-TX), McClintock (R-CA), Moore (D-WI), Turner (R-OH), Wilson (R-SC), Wittman (R-VA)
& Young (R-AK)
Additional Cosponsors: Brown (D-MD), Case (D-HI), Cisneros (D-CA), Gaetz (R-FL), Johnson (D-GA), Joyce (R-OH), Kelly (R-MS), Lesko (R-AZ), Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Mast (R-FL), McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Mitchell (R-MI), Perry (R-PA), Riggleman
(R-VA), Rose (D-NY), Rutherford (R-FL), Ryan (D-OH), Scott (R-GA), Stefanik (R-NY), Steube (R-FL), Van Drew (D-NJ)
Our men and women in uniform do incredible things to support and defend our nation. Whether in the reserve component or on active duty, these brave individuals have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation’s safety and security. However, antiquated federal
hiring preference statutes restrict many men and women from qualifying for the veterans’ preference they deserve and these existing guidelines are particularly unfair to Reserve and National Guard members. The
Veterans’ Preference Parity Act is a necessary step to modernize veteran’s preference in federal hiring and recognize those who have served our nation.
The purpose of veterans’ preference is to provide eligible veterans with an advantage when they compete with equally qualified non-veteran candidates for federal employment. In their current form, federal hiring preference rules require “more than 180 consecutive
days” of active duty time for service members to qualify. However, with many mobilizations totaling less than six months, reserve component personnel can complete an entire career without serving the
consecutive days required to qualify for veterans’ preference. The Veterans’ Preference Parity
Act adjusts the current consecutive day qualification requirement to a nondiscriminatory total day threshold. This change will finally allow our Reserve and National Guard members to have an equal opportunity to qualify for veterans’ preference points
when competing for federal positions.
Additionally, existing federal hiring preference rules ban many retired service members from veterans’ preference eligibility. These guidelines exclude those who retire in the rank of Major (O-4) or higher. This exclusion is outdated, unnecessary, and
unfair. Today, service members – of all ranks – do not actually retire from the workforce when their military service concludes. There is no reason to continue to penalize this group of military veterans who wish to seek federal employment with outdated
restrictions. The Veterans’ Preference Parity Act addresses this issue by allowing
all retired service members to qualify for veterans’ preference.
We are forever indebted to the brave men and women who serve in uniform and we owe them our continued support as veterans. The current federal hiring preference statutes must be updated to reflect the way we utilize our reserve component forces and need
to reward those who retire upon completion of their military career – not punish them. Please join me in reforming these outdated federal hiring rules and support the
Veterans’ Preference Parity Act today.
To support this bill or to find out more information, please contact, my staffer Jared Patterson, at
Jared.Patterson@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2876.
Member of Congress
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