Veteran Employment Protections

Veterans: Have you ever wondered if your state (or territory) provides:

  • USERRA-like protections for those serving in the Reserves or National Guard?
  • Preferences for veterans in public employment?
  • Preferences for veterans in private employment?
  • A veteran employment services website?

Well, I have the answer for you in the table below. Here’s the short answer:

All states and territories that have a National Guard presence (including the District of Columbia) have legislated USERRA-like protections in place. Almost all have preferences established for veteran employment in public settings. Most have optional preferences in place for veteran employment in a private setting.  For details, please see the table of Veteran Employment Details by State and Territory. For support at the national level, please see the US Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) at

You will find much more on the topic of veteran transition on and in Mission Transition: Navigating the Opportunities and Obstacles to Your Post-Military Career, my new book coming soon from HarperCollins, a practical career-change guide to help transitioning veterans avoid false starts and make optimal career choices following active duty.

Matthew J. Louis is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, having spent more than 25 years in uniform and 20 years in the corporate world. Louis holds an MBA in operations and finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a BS in mechanical engineering from West Point. He’s also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. Additionally, Louis served in the Southwest Asia combat theater and on the staff of the US Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.


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Matthew Louis

Matt Louis is one of the nation’s leading experts in career transition for veterans and public service professionals. He coaches individuals on their transition efforts and advises employers on hiring programs designed to successfully assimilate these valuable talent pools. He is the author of the forthcoming HarperCollins book Mission Transition, a practical guide for veterans in transition and their employers.