Legal Reference

The redress and appeal rights available to federally employed veterans depend upon the nature of the action being appealed. It is a prohibited personnel practice for an officer or employee of the federal government having authority to take, direct, recommend, or approve a personnel action to take such actions, or fail to do so, if the action violates veterans’ preference. Coverage includes veterans’ preference under Title 5, U.S. Code, and other laws.

A person who believes a prohibited personnel practice has occurred may file a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel.


There are two primary laws creating special employment rights and containing special appeal provisions for veterans in the federal workplace, the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.