Veterans' Preference Act Law and Legal Definition
The Veterans' Preference Act of 1944 is a federal law that recognizes the service, sacrifice and skills of returning war veterans. The act requires the federal government to favor returning war veterans when hiring new employees in an attempt to recognize their service, sacrifice, and skills.
Veterans Preference is applicable to temporary or civilian positions throughout the Federal Government, including civil service, with the exception of legislative or judicial appointments requiring confirmation by the U.S. Senate, and top position in the postal service. Preference is also withheld for those seeking Senior Federal Executive positions, the FBI, the DEA, or the CIA.
In 1948, the Veterans Preference Act of 1944 was amended giving mother preference to certain widowed, divorced, or legally separated mothers of veterans.