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Eligibility Requirements for Veteran’s Preference Expanded

Review the changes that passed this legislative session.

In compliance with Chapter 295, Florida Statute, USF is committed to providing preference to U.S. veterans and spouses of veterans in hiring, promotion, and retention for all qualified positions (all Staff / Non-Exempt level positions).

Veterans’ preference was expanded this past legislative session with the passing of House Bill 7015. The changes, effective July 1, 2014, include the following: You no longer have to be a Florida resident to claim veterans’ preference. You no longer have to serve during a wartime period to claim veterans’ preference.

The following categories for preference were added: The mother, father, legal guardian, or un-remarried widow or widower of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died in the line of duty under combat-related conditions, as verified by the United States Department of Defense; a veteran as defined in s. 1.01(14). Active duty for training may not be allowed for eligibility under this paragraph; and a current member of any reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Florida National Guard.

For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit the Veterans’ Preference homepage on the HR website.

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