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Protected veterans

Difference Between Protected veterans and Unprotected Veterans?

Some veterans belonging to certain categories are referred to as protected veterans as per Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). They have been protected from society by giving them certain rights including the right to employment. They are protected as no one can harass them or treat them lowly. Even at work, they are paid equally. American Job Center as well as National Resource Directory are responsible for giving protected veterans employment. Not only this but the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) has given the veterans the right to file a complaint against people harassing them or treating them in a bad manner. They can also file complaints against the employer for paying less compared to other employees. Many veterans worry that the employer will definitely put up a fight because the veteran filed a complaint against them, fortunately, OFCCP protects veterans against this torture too. The government has categorized protected veterans into 4 groups, which are as follows:

Disabled Veterans:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has given disabled veterans the right to get equal employment opportunities as others. These veterans can either have disabilities at the time they are applying for jobs or can have a history of any disability. While some people think that physical abnormalities are only considered disabilities, that’s not the case. ADA has included the veterans with mental disabilities on protected veterans lists too. The veteran can either have a lost limb, blindness, deafness, PTSD, epilepsy, or any other disability. But if he/she has the education, skills, license, and fulfills other requirements of the job, no one can devoid him/her from the employment.

Campaign Badge Veterans (Protected veterans):

Military personnel who serves in wartime or in campaigns on a ground field, in naval, or as an air force, earn a campaign badge at the end of their campaign. They are also enlisted as protected veterans. But the point to be noted is that the veteran must have to be on active duty which means he must have a history of actively serving in an operation and should not be doing administrative work only.

Recently Separated Veterans:

Any veteran who has served in any of the three militaries – ground, air, or naval, and has been discharged recently without any dishonorable reason gets all the rights given to a protected veteran. By recently it means, that he must have completed his services within the last three years.

Armed Forces Services Medal Veterans:

Armed Forces Service Medal are awarded to the U.S. military personnel who have actively served in an operation. Every veteran having this medal is considered a protected veteran. But there is a criterion for it. It is not awarded if the campaign had another service award. With that being said, here is the list of specific wartime services and campaigns for which this medal is awarded. Want to Know More About Veterans? If you are interested in veterans, then visit Not only the website provides you with a great variety of amazing veteran products but also gives a lot of information regarding them.

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