Veterans' Preference Documentation Requirements

Section 295.07(1), Florida Statutes, provides for Veterans’ Preference in employment appointment and retention, if qualified under one of the following categories, and not exempt under Section 295.07(4), Florida Statutes. If you seek Veterans’ Preference, please “check” the appropriate box within the Veterans’ Preference Certification, FDVA Form VP-1 in addition to the fulfilling the requirements specified on the form and listed below. Provide the FDVA Form VP-1 form documentation of your status with your employment application, no later than the position advertisement closing date. If you are applying to a position that has been posted as "Open Continuous Until Sufficient Applications Have Been Received", please SUBMIT YOUR DOCUMENTATION IMMEDIATELY since the posting could close on any given date at 5:00pm EST.

ELIGIBLE CATEGORIES FOR CLAIMING VETERANS’ PREFERENCE

(a) Those disabled veterans:

1. Who have served on active duty in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, have received an honorable discharge, and have established the present existence of a service-connected disability that is compensable under public laws administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; or

2. Who are receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension by reason of public laws administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States Department of Defense.

(b) The spouse of a veteran:

1. Who has a total disability, permanent in nature, resulting from a service-connected disability and who, because of this disability, cannot qualify for employment, or

2. Who is missing in action, captured in line of duty by a hostile force, or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.

(c) A wartime veteran as defined in Section 1.01(14), F.S., who has served at least 1 day in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, including any armed forces expeditionary medal or the global war on terrorism medal, or during one of the specified periods of wartime service.

Wartime Periods:

Spanish-American War:

April 21, 1898 to July 4, 1902 (including Philippine Insurrection and Boxer Rebellion)

Mexican Border Period: ​May 9, 1916 to April 5, 1917

World War I:

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 (extended through April 1, 1920, for Veterans serving in Russia; extended through July 1, 1921, for Veterans serving after November 11, 1918 and before July 2, 1921, provided such Veterans had at least one day of service between April 5, 1917 and November 12, 1918)

World War II:

December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946

Korean Conflict:

June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

Vietnam Era:

February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

Persian Gulf War:

August 2, 1990 to January 2, 1992

Operation Enduring Freedom:

October 7, 2001 to TBD

Operation Iraqi Freedom:

March 19, 2003 to TBD

 

(d) The unremarried widow or widower of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability.

(e) The mother, father, legal guardian, or unremarried widow or widower of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died in the line of duty under combat-related conditions, as verified by the Department of Defense.

(f) A veteran as defined in Section 1.01(14), F.S. The term “Veteran” is defined as a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released therefrom under honorable conditions only or who later received an upgraded discharge under honorable conditions. “Active Duty for Training” does not qualify for Veterans’ Preference.

(g) A current member of any reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Florida National Guard.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR CLAIMING VETERANS’ PREFERENCE

Documentation must be received PRIOR TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSING DATE. IF THE POSITION IS OPEN CONTINUOUS, DOCUMENTATION MUST BE SUBMITTED IMMEDIATELY. Please DO NOT ATTACH VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTS TO YOUR APPLICATION. Submit a copy to: Staffing@Broward.org OR fax (954) 357-5782 OR mail to Broward County, Division of Human Resources, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Below are examples of acceptable documentation (in addition to the FDVA Form VP-1):

Category

Required Documentation

(a)

Department of Defense document, commonly known as form DD Form 214 or military discharge papers, or equivalent certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), listing military status, dates of service and Character of Discharge; Document from the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), or the Department establishing that the Veteran has a service-connected disability.

(b1)

Department of Defense document, commonly known as form DD Form 214 or military discharge papers, or equivalent certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), listing military status, dates of service and Character of Discharge; Proof that the disabled Veteran cannot qualify for employment because of service-connected disability such as an Award Letter stating that spouse is entitled to benefits under Chapter 35 from the VA or the Department of Defense; An identification card issued to by the Department of Defense;       Marriage certificate or other official evidence of marriage to the Veteran; Statement that the spouse is still married to the Veteran at the time of the application for employment.

(b2)

Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) document certifying that the person is listed as missing in action, captured in line of duty, or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power; Marriage certificate or other official evidence of marriage to the Veteran; Statement that the spouse is still married to the Veteran at the time of the application for employment.

(c)

Department of Defense document, commonly known as form DD Form 214 or military discharge papers, or equivalent certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), listing military status, dates of service and Character of Discharge. Document must indicate a qualifying “wartime period” as defined in section 1.01(14), F.S., or proof that the Veteran has been awarded a campaign or expeditionary medal. Active duty for training shall not be allowed for eligibility under this paragraph.

(d)

FDVA Form VP-3, Certification of Unremarried Widow or Widower”; Department of Defense document certifying the service-connected death of the Veteran; Marriage certificate or other official evidence of marriage to the Veteran.

(e)

Department of Defense document certifying the death of the Service Member while on duty status under combat-related conditions or the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) document certifying the service-connected death of the Veteran; Evidence of familial relationship:

  • Mother, Father, Legal Guardian: Birth certificate or proper court documents establishing the legal authority for the Guardian.
  • Spouse: Marriage certificate or other official evidence of marriage to the Veteran and FDVA Form VP-3, “Certification of Unremarried Widow or Widower”.

(f)

Department of Defense document, commonly known as form DD Form 214 or military discharge papers, or equivalent certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), listing military status, dates of service and Character of Discharge.

(g)

FDVA Form VP-2, "Certification of Current Member of Reserve of the United States Armed Forces or the Florida National Guard".

 

Notes: Veterans who have served active duty under Title 10 for six months or less are frequently not provided a form DD-214; therefore, it will be necessary for these veterans to provide a copy of their military orders containing their report and release dates and a letter of reference attesting to their "Honorable" service signed by the military human resources department or the commanding officer (or equivalent officer) in charge of their active duty assignment.

You will be required to present proof of your legal name change should you submit documents that reflect a name other than the one listed on the application.

Other documentation may also be required as per Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).

VETERANS' PREFERENCE FORMS

FOR ASSISTANCE

For assistance with claiming Veterans’ Preference, please contact Rocio Borghini, HR Assistant Manager of Staffing Services at (954) 357-6434. If you qualify for a position and have not received any information on a hiring decision within 45 days of the job post closing date, or interview date, whichever is later in time, you may request an investigation by contacting Rocio Borghini at rborghini@broward.org.

COMPLAINT PROCESS

Applicants that meet the minimum job requirements and qualify for Veterans’ Preference who believe they have not been afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law, may file a written complaint requesting an investigation with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd, Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708. The complaint must be filed within 60 calendar days from the date the applicant receives notice that she/he was not selected. Prior to filing a complaint, however, it is the responsibility of the preference-eligible applicant to contact Broward County’s Human Resources Department, Staffing Services at (954) 357-6434 at least one time after 45 days have passed from the final date for submitting an application or the interview date, whichever is later in time, if the applicant has not received notice of a hiring decision.

Prepared by- Broward County Human Resources Division, Staffing Services August 21, 2017