Priority of Service

Priority of service for veterans and eligible spouses requires program operators to give first consideration for participation in a program to those veterans and eligible spouses who meet the eligibility criteria for that program. In order to receive priority for participation in a grantee’s OJT NEG project, veterans and eligible spouses must meet the eligibility requirements for this grant. Individuals who have been separated from full-time, active duty military service, as well as individuals who have been demobilized from full-time Federal service in National Guard or Reserve units meet the dislocated worker criterion. In contrast, individuals who have retired from full-time, active duty military service do not meet the dislocated worker criterion.

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Priority of service also requires that veteran and eligible spouse participants receive priority throughout the full array of services provided. Therefore, veteran and eligible spouse participants are to receive priority at all stages of the OJT NEG service delivery process, including assessment, matching and referral for OJT placement.

As a matter of background, the JVA (P.L. 107-288) establishes provisions for priority of service to Veterans. The purpose is to provide priority of service to Veterans and spouses of certain Veterans for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services in any workforce preparation program directly funded, in whole or in part, by the Department. To obtain priority of service for a specific program, a Veteran or eligible spouse must meet the statutory definition of a “covered person” and also must meet any other statutory eligibility requirements applicable to that program. The Department issued the final rule to implement priority of service in qualified job training programs on January 19, 2009. During FY 2010, ETA and VETS issued joint guidance on November 10, 2009, through Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 10-09 and Veterans Program Letter (VPL) 07-09 to provide additional details on the expectations for implementing Priority of Service for Veterans and eligible spouses under Department of Labor funded job training programs.


You served in the United States military; or were activated as a member of a National Guard or Reserve unit, or are a spouse of:

  • A veteran who died of a service connected disability

A member of the Armed Forces who is:

  • Missing in action
  • Captured in line of duty; or
  • Forcibly detained by a foreign government or power
  • A veteran who has a Department of Veterans Affairs total disability rating
  • A veteran who died while a Department of Veterans Affairs total disability rating existed

Let the receptionist know upon check-in.

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