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Frequently Asked Questions Veterans

I have never been in the military however; my spouse is a veteran and currently works for the Federal Government. Am I able to claim veterans' preference as a spouse when applying for Federal jobs?

No. When the veteran is able to use his or her entitilement to veterans' preference in Federal employment, the spouse may not use that entitlement at the same time.  However, further details on the specific criteria that must be met to derived veterans' preference as a spouse can be found on

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