What is a Veterans Preference letter?
With veteran's preference, you may receive preference points over non-veteran applicants in the hiring process for a state or federal job. There is a difference between state and federal points. A Veterans Preference letter does not guarantee veterans a job. Reach out to a Veteran Services Officer with any questions.
What are the qualifications for me to have a Veterans Preference Letter?
Veterans' preference eligibility can be based on dates of active duty service, receipt of a campaign badge, receipt of a Purple Heart, or a service-connected disability. Not all military service may qualify for veteran's preference.
How would I obtain a Veterans Preference letter?
Determine whether you need a MN veterans preference letter or a federal preference letter. If you need a federal preference letter, you can request assistance from our office to get a letter through the VA or you can elect to go through eBenefits. For a state preference, include a copy of your DD-214 and your most recent benefit award letter with your application for state and local jobs.
Other Veteran Employment Resources
Helmets to Hardhats: A national nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired, and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. Career seekers and employers can find more information on the Helmets to Hardhats website.
MN DEED (MN Employment and Economic Development) website includes employment services and resources for veterans, including Veteran Employment Representatives to assist Veterans with barriers to employment, disabled Veterans, and transitioning service member.
Contact Mark Larsen, MDVA SE Regional Coordinator of Education and Employment, for veteran educational benefits for yourself and/or your dependents.
How can I find out many months do I have left on my GI bill?
Other Veteran Educational Resources
Free College Course for Veterans and Military Students
Course Topics include college policies and expectations, time management, financial literacy, study skills, and many others. Contact Craig Asch at 612-659-6580 or Renee Cannon at 612-659-6769 with questions.