A law passed last year makes several changes in a major overhaul of veterans preference rights enacted in 1998 called the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act. The administration says last year’s law, called the Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act, makes it clear that eligible veterans who wish to take advantage of the increased access to jobs provided by the 1998 law must compete under an agency’s merit promotion procedures and that a veteran selected from the best qualified group will be given a career-conditional appointment in the competitive service. Further, such appointments are allowed for veterans who “substantially” but not fully completed the three years of minimum military service as required by the 1998 law.