What is a Protected Veteran? We will take a closer look at the Protected Veteran law and what this means for the disabled Veteran in Colorado Springs. We will answer what Protected Veteran Status means and determine if you qualify as a Protected Veteran. Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center seeks to help all Veterans and their families understand what Protected Veteran Status means along with the benefits.
Protected Veteran Status: What is a Protected Veteran?
The Protected Veteran is a status that was created with an amendment to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). This status prohibits discrimination against anyone that identifies as a Protected Veteran. These Veterans receive Affirmative Action-type requirements with some employers that hire vets. With these requirements, the playing field is leveled for disabled vets and others covered by the law.
Which Military Veterans are Considered to have Protected Veteran Status?
By now, you might be saying to yourself, “I am not a Protected Veteran.” However, you might be eligible. Protected Veteran benefits are available for:
- Disabled Veterans
- Veterans who earned an Armed Forces Service Medal “pursuant to Executive Order 12985 (61 FR 1209)”
- Those who served on active duty in the U.S. Military during an expedition, campaign, or war on ground, naval, or air service
- Recently separated Veterans
To receive the Protected Veteran Status, the Veteran must have been military discharged in a way that wasn’t considered Dishonorable.
What Law Governs the Protected Veteran Status?
Under VEVRAA, any employer that does business with the federal government must hire, recruit, and provide mobility for any Veteran with the Protected Veteran Status. This law requires all contractors and subcontractors that do business with the government to comply.
What are the Benefits of the Protected Veteran Status?
Aside from providing you with a job, there are other benefits that the Protected Veteran in Colorado Springs receives. Most importantly, VEVRAA determines that all Protected Veterans must receive any reasonable accommodation in the workplace to deal with military-related issues or disabilities. The Department of Labor defines these reasonable accommodations as an “adjustment or change made to the workplace, or the usual way of performing a job, that allows a disabled Veteran to perform the duties of the job or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment.”
While reasonable accommodation won’t change any job function, there are ways to make the work easier for the Veteran. These adjustments might include:
- Modifications to the work schedule
- Special print formats for any visually impaired employee
- Interpretation of sign language or accessible work materials
- Adding accessibility features to the common meeting area
- Adaptive work areas to create more accessibility
Does Being a Protected Veteran Help?
As a Protected Veteran, you receive benefits that help you get your life back. In your civilian life, you want to get back to work. This status not only keeps you from being discriminated against but also provides the accommodations you need to complete your job.
Military Veteran Services Center in Colorado Springs at Mt. Carmel
Mt. Carmel Veterans Center Strives to aid local military veterans in Colorado with a multitude of Veteran services that allow a complete transition to and during civilian life. If you are a Military Veteran or you know someone that is, we are ready to help. We work with protected Military Veterans, disabled Military Veterans, and recently separated Military Veterans in Colorado and Colorado Springs. Our team will help you find behavioral health, transition support, employment assistance, supportive services, legal aid, community connections, and more. If you are troubled by anything or need more guidance, reach out to Mt. Carmel, and we will be happy to assist.