Veterans Campus to Careers Toolkit

For student veterans moving into the workforce
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Getting Hired

Applying for a job as a veteran with a disability

Question 1:

Generally, you can choose whether to tell about your disability during hiring. But some employers are required to try to collect service and disability information from applicants.
Answer: True

This is called self-identification, and it is your choice to provide the service and disability information some employers need to report to the federal government. If you do provide this information, it is not shared with supervisors, co-workers, or anyone making the hiring decision. 

Question 2:

Unless you have total disability compensation, being employed will not affect your military disability benefits.
Answer: True

Unless you are considered 100% disabled (Individual Unemployability) by Veterans Affairs, you can be employed without affecting your benefits.

Question 3:

Employers are always reluctant to hire veterans with disabilities.
Answer: False

Though some employers are reluctant to hire veterans with disabilities, many are eager to hire them. Veterans with or without disabilities are good employees. Hiring veterans with disabilities can improve diversity, which benefits the business. And, there are some incentives for hiring veterans with disabilities.

Question 4:

You can still be qualified to do a job even if you will need to use a reasonable accommodation.
Answer: True

Needing to use a reasonable accommodation does not mean you are less qualified for the job.

Question 5:

A gap in your employment record makes it much harder to be hired.
Answer: False (usually)

Many people have a gap in their work history—a time when they weren’t employed for at least 3 months. This doesn’t mean you won’t be hired. But be prepared to explain this gap during the hiring process.