Veterans Preference Points and Other Information

Veterans who meet the eligibility requirements may receive up to 10 preference points added to their final scores, according to the following conditions. Please read through the information and then use our Veterans Preference Points Calculator at the end to help determine if you have qualifying service.  

Five points will be added to a final passing examination score of any person who meets any ONE of the following conditions:

  • Served on active duty anytime between December 7, 1941 and September 7, 1980  or 

  • Was a reservist called to active duty between February 1, 1955 and October 14, 1976 and who served for more than 180 days  or 

  • Was a reservist who entered active duty between October 15, 1976 and October 13, 1982 and 

    • Received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal  or

    • Is a disabled veteran  or

  • Enlisted in the Armed Forces after September 7, 1980 or entered active duty other than by enlistment on or after October 14, 1982 and

    • Completed 24 months of continuous active duty or the full period called or ordered to active duty or was discharged under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or for hardship under 10 U.S.C. 1173 AND received or was entitled to receive a campaign badge or expeditionary medal or 

    • Is a disabled veteran.  

An additional five points will be added to the final score of a veteran who received a Purple Heart Award or has a compensable, service-connected disability. A Purple Heart Award must be verified by the veteran’s DD-214 Form. The disability must be verified by a letter from the Veteran's Administration, dated within the last six months and indicating that the individual is currently receiving disability compensation for a service-connected disability. 

To use our calculator to estimate your eligibility for Veterans Preference Points, click here.

Applicants claiming Veteran's Preference points MUST provide a copy of their DD214 Form. If you would like assistance in determining your eligibility, call our office at 304-558-3950. 


The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has information available on the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)​.  This program assists eligible unemployed veterans between the ages of 35 and 60.  For more information on this program, click ​here.​

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