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Veterans Preference

Pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 657, Veteran’s Employment Preferences, the following individuals qualify for a veteran’s employment preference:

  • a veteran, including a veteran with a disability;
  • a veteran’s surviving spouse who has not remarried; and
  • an orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty.

An individual who qualifies for a veteran’s employment preference is entitled to a preference in employment over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.

“Veteran” means a person who has served in:

  • the army, navy, air force, coast guard, or marine corps of the United States or the United States Health Service un 42 U.S.C. Section 201 et seq., as amended;
  • the Texas military forces as defined by Section 437.001; or
  • an auxiliary service of one of those branches of the armed forces; and

has an honorable discharge from the branch of the service in which the person served.


  • If six or fewer applicants are chosen for an interview, one (1) qualified veteran’s preference applicant from the pool must be interviewed.
  • If more than six are interviewed, 20% of the number interviewed that are qualified veteran’s preference applicants must be interviewed.
  • If there are no self-identified veteran’s preference applicants in the qualified applicant pool, this guideline does not apply.

Veteran's preference means if two applicants are finalists for a position, and equal in all respects, the veteran would be offered the job. If veterans' preference is granted, the veteran or surviving unmarried spouse/orphan would be required to produce form DD214 or similar document at the point of hire to verify eligibility.

The Veteran’s Preference priority is in the following order:

1. A veteran with a disability;
2. A veteran;
3. A veteran’s surviving spouse who has not remarried; and
4. An orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty.

 Veteran Preference Information

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
  • p: 903.223.3000
  • f: 903.223.3104
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