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Definitions of Protected Groups

Special disabled veterans are veterans who are entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for a disability rated at 30 percent or more, or rated at 10 or 20 percent in the case of a veteran who has been determined, under section 3106 of Title 38 - Veterans' Benefits, to have a serious employment handicap; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of service-connected disability.

Other protected veterans are veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.

Vietnam era veterans are eligible veterans any part of whose active military, naval, or air service was during the Vietnam era.

Disabled veterans are veterans who are entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or persons who were discharged or released from active duty because of service-connected disabilities.

Recently separated veterans (1 year) are any veterans during the one-year period beginning on the date of such veterans' discharge or release from active duty.

Recently separated veterans (3 years) are any veterans during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veterans' discharge or release from active duty.

Armed Forces Service Medal veterans are veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order No. 12985.