VAPAHCS has embarked on a journey to transform our organizational culture. The goals, sub-goals and initiatives reflected within our Strategic Plan are designed to achieve a service oriented, user friendly, efficient, results-driven health care organization. The course we have charted reflects the goals of VA, VHA and VISN 21. PUTTING VETERANS FIRST!
PUTTING VETERANS FIRST! Mission Statement: Honor America’s veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being Vision Statement: To be a patient-centered integrated health care organization for veterans providing excellent health care, research, and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner; and a back-up for National emergencies Core Values: Trust, respect, excellence, commitment and compassion
veteran who meets the qualifications required for each specific category.
5 Point Preference During a war OR… Dates Served Comments 12/7/41 to 4/28/52 World War II 4/28/52 to 7/1/55 1/31/55 to 10/15/76 More than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, and part of these dates 9/11/01 to last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom More than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, and part of these dates 8/2/90 to 1/2/92 Gulf War Campaign medal authorized Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge Enlisted after 9/7/80 Campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran, continuously for 24 months or full period called or ordered to active duty (not required for certain SC veterans) Entered on duty on or after 10/14/82 Campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran, continuously for 24 months or full period called or ordered to active duty (not required for certain SC veterans)
10 Point Preference Qualifications Served any time and has a present SC disability, is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or Department of Veterans Affairs Purple Heart qualifies as disabled Unmarried spouse of certain deceased veterans Spouse of a veteran unable to work because of a service connected disability Mother of a veteran who died in service Mother of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled
The VRA is a special authority by which agencies can appoint an eligible veteran without competition. The VRA is an excepted appointment to a position that is otherwise in the competitive service. After 2 years of satisfactory service, the veteran is converted to a career-conditional appointment in the competitive service.
Disabled veterans; or
Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or
Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or
Recently separated veterans.
30% or more disabled veterans 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans : These veterans may be given a temporary or term appointment (not limited to 60 days or less) to any position for which qualified (there is no grade limitation). After demonstrating satisfactory performance, the veteran may be converted at any time to a career-conditional appointment.
Veterans’ Employment Information These are the “Armed Forces”
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 clarified the scope of the term "veteran" for the purposes of determining who is entitled to veterans' preference. OPM is in the process of revising its regulations to conform to this clarification. In the interim, agencies should rely upon the statute and OPM guidance in determining who is entitled to veterans' preference.
Note: Information that follows pertains only to Title 5. Title 38 uses some of the same terms, but in different ways.
Veterans' who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-veterans' for hiring from competitive lists and in retention during reductions in force and may be considered for special noncompetitive appointments for which only they are eligible.
Military retirees at the rank of Major, Lieutenant Commander, or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans' (does not apply to Reservists who will not begin drawing military retired pay until age 60)
Non-disabled Veterans: Active duty for training by National Guard or Reserve Soldiers does not qualify as active duty for preference
Disabled Veterans: Active duty includes training in the Reserves or National Guard (per MSPB decision Hesse v. Dept. of Army)