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All agencies of the State of Oregon provide honorably-discharged veterans and disabled veterans with preference points in employment as follows:

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Veterans preference in employment eligibility
 
Oregon state government provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries enforces public employer compliance with veteran's preference requirements.
 
Qualifying for veterans’ preference
The following documents must be submitted to qualify for veterans’ preference:
Veterans (qualifying for 5 points)
                                          i.     A copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214 or 215).
or
                                         ii.     a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating the applicant receives a non-service connected pension
 
Disabled Veterans (qualifying for 10 points)
                                          i.     A copy of form DD214 and a copy of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating a disability rating unless the information is included on the DD214 or 215
or
                                         ii.     A copy of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating the person is receiving service-connected compensation
Note: The DD214 must state character of service as honorable. Not all DD214 copies included the character of service. Please submit service copy 2, 3 or member copy 4. 
Veteran
You must have served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States (US):
1.    For more than 90 consecutive days beginning on or before January 31, 1955; or 
2.    For more than 178 consecutive days; or
3.    For 178 days or less and has a disability rating from the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs; or 
4.    For at least one day in a combat zone; or 
5.    Received a combat or campaign ribbon or an expeditionary medal for service in the Armed Forces.
6.    You are receiving a non-service connected pension from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.​
 Disabled Veteran
 You must be:
1.    A person whose discharge or release from active duty was for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty; o
2.    Have a disability rating from the US Department of Veterans Affairs; or
3.    Awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
Or
1.     A person who is receiving service-connected compensation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs under 38 U.S.C. 1110 or 1131

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Veterans Qualifying veterans and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting as verification of eligibility a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension to your application. Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.
DD214 forms need to be the service copy 2, 3, or member copy 4. These three copies are the only ones that can be used to verify characterization of service. Member copy 1can not be used.
Disability letters that the show "Medical Description" of the disability will not be accepted. Letters showing "Monthly Entitlement Amount" are also not acceptable.
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If you have questions or need assistance with these forms and letters contact the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs. To order the letter, call 1-800-827-1000 and request a public employment preference letter. Contact the Veteran Service Office or an Oregon Veterans Representatives should you need assistance.

For record keeping, Veterans' should make copies of any and all documentation. Veterans' records contain private information and should be handled accordingly.
 
In accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235; OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.
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Agencies provide Veterans’ preference throughout the competitive selection process as follows:
 
Application Examinations
 
Scored Application Examinations: If an agency uses, after an Initial Application Screening, a scored Application Examination to determine whom to consider further for appointment, the agency will add (based on a 100 point scale) 5 preference points to a veteran's score and add 10 preference points to a disabled veteran's score.
 
Unscored Application Examinations: Unscored Application Examinations done by application sorting into levels based on desired attributes, or other criteria to determine those in an applicant pool to be considered further for appointment will be
accomplished by:
  1. Advancing the application of a veteran one level within a sorting process or;
  2. Advancing an application of a disabled veteran two levels within a sorting process.
Interviews
 
Scored Interviews: A veteran or disabled veteran is provided preference in a scored interview process. The agency will add (based on a 100 point scale) 5 preference points to a veteran's interview score and add 10 preference points to a disabled veteran's interview score at each level of interview to which a score is received.

Unscored Interviews: A veteran or disabled veteran is provided preference in unscored interview processes through an assessment conducted by the Appointing Authority or authorized delegate of the veteran’s or disabled veteran’s merits. A veteran or disabled veteran who meets all or substantially all of the agency’s purposes in filling the position will continue to be considered for appointment.
 
Selection
 
When a veteran or disabled veteran has been determined to be equal to the top applicant(s) for a position upon completion of the Application Examination process, then the veteran or disabled veteran shall be ranked more highly than non-veteran applicants and, a disabled veteran shall be ranked more highly than both non-veteran and veteran applicant.

Follow up

A veteran or disabled veteran applicant who is not selected for a position may request an explanation from the hiring agency. The request must be in writing and be sent within 30 calendar days of the date the agency informed the applicant that he/she was not selected (OAR 105-040-0015).
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Note:
Correctional Officers

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Apprenticeship, and Training Division have approved the initial one year training program for Correctional Officer’s for VA benefits. This apprenticeship program is for qualified veterans who are hired by ODOC that complete the required educational benefit application paperwork. Specific questions about qualifying for this benefit, once hired by ODOC, can be found at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Education and Training site.  


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