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In accordance with New York State Law, veterans of the armed forces, as defined by New York State, are entitled to additional points to be added to a passing score. Veterans derive their rights from various federal and New York State mandates, including municipal civil service rules. A veteran may be a current or former employee, a candidate, a potential candidate or any combination of the above. Consequently, not all "veterans" are entitled to the same rights or benefits. 

The term "veteran," as defined by the New York State Civil Service Commission, is a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence who served in the armed forces of the United States during a designated time of war, and was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances. Also, for examination credit, a candidate must be a New York State resident at time of application. (See "Requirements for Special Rights for Veterans" chart below). "Armed forces," as used in this section, is defined as the army, navy, marine corps, air force, coast guard and the National Guard, when in service for the United States on a full-time active duty basis, other than active duty for training purposes.

Time of war is defined as all service in the United States armed forces during:

 ConflictPeriod of Conflict
 World War II  Dec. 07,  1941  - Dec. 31, 1946
 Korean Conflict  June 27, 1950 - Jan. 31, 1955
 Vietnam Conflict  Feb. 28,  1961   - May 7, 1975
 Persian Gulf War  Aug.02,  1990  - the date which hostilities end

Service for which a veteran received the armed forces expeditionary medal, the navy expeditionary medal, or the marine corps expeditionary medal for: 

Conflict Period of Conflict
 Hostilities in Lebanon  June 01,1983 -  Dec. 01, 1987
 Hostilities in Grenada  Oct. 23, 1983 -  Nov. 21, 1983
 Hostilities in Panama  Dec. 20, 1989 -  Jan. 31, 1990

Service in the commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Service during the following dates:

Dates of Public Health Service
 June 29, 1945 - Dec.31, 1946
 June 27, 1950 - July 03, 1952

A disabled veteran is defined as someone who meets the above service criteria and is certified by the United States Veteran's Administration as having a disability rated at ten percent or more, which was incurred while serving in the United States armed forces during time of war, and which is in effect at time of application or retention.

In order to claim status as a veteran, you are required to file a copy of your DD214 with your Application for Examination/Employment. The Department of Human Resources for Westchester County maintains a file of applicants who have been approved as veterans.

Veterans points are only added to passing scores, as follows:

Job Class

Disabled

Non-disabled

 Open-competitive

 10.0

 5.0

 Promotional

 5.0

 2.5


Special notice to active duty members of the armed forces
Beginning January 1, 1998, the New York State Constitution grants members of the United States armed forces who are on active duty (other than for training purposes) the right to request extra War Time Veterans credits on civil service examinations prior to discharge.

If you are currently on active duty, you may request the addition of veterans credits to your (passing) examination score. You request the extra credits by checking the "Active Duty" box on the last page of the Application for Examination/Employment and attaching proof of military status (military ID, military orders, or other official military document that substantiates active military status at time of examination).

If you pass the examination, the credits will be added conditionally to your score. To use the extra credits at the time of certification, you must submit a copy of your DD214 upon discharge from the armed forces, receive an honorable discharge, and have been a resident of New York State at time of application.

Candidates are advised that it is their responsibility to provide such proof to the Department of Human Resources in order to have the restriction removed and be certified at a score including the veterans credits. Veterans credits can only be used once to achieve a permanent appointment in New York State government or New York State local government (counties, cities, towns, villages or school Districts).

Candidates seeking further information regarding the special rights accorded to veterans, should refer to the following: 

  • New York State Constitution - Article V, Section 6
  • New York State Civil Service Law - Sections 85, 86, 87
  • New York State Military Law - Sections 242, 243

Requirements for Special Rights for Veterans  

Additional
Examination
Credit

Preference
in Retention
and Transfer

Removal
and
Discipline

Age
Requirements
and Deduction

CSL §85

CSL §85, 86

CSL §75

CSL §54, 58
ML §243.10(a),
243.1(b)

Required 

Not Required 

Not Required 

Not Required 

Required

Required

Required

Required

 Required

 Required 

 Required 

 Not Required 

No 

No 

No 

Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes

No 

No 

No

(1)

Yes Yes Yes Yes

No 

No 

No

Yes 

Yes Yes Yes Yes

No

No

No 

(2)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes 

Yes

Yes 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1) If voluntary entry during period, duty served during period 
    If involuntary service during period

No
Yes

2) If voluntary entry after July 1, 1970, see Military Law §243.1(b)

(*) For hostilities in Lebanon, Grenada and Panama, the individual must have received the armed forces, navy or marine corps expeditionary medal. Without appropriate medal, service is treated as under May 8,1975 to Aug. 1,1990.

 

 

 

 

Special Notice to veterans who were certified as disabled after having already received credits at either an original or promotional appointment

A Constitutional Amendment which allows certain disabled veterans to use additional credits on civil service examinations to obtain a second appointment or promotion took effect on January 1, 2014.

Article 5, section 6 of the New York State Constitution was amended to entitle veterans who have used non-disabled veteran credits for a Civil Service appointment or promotion and who were/are subsequently certified as being a disabled veteran by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, to additional credits for a subsequent appointment or promotion.

The amendment creates an exception to the one-time-only use of veteran credits. It permits veterans who are certified as disabled after having already received credits at either an original appointment or a promotion because of their status as non-disabled veterans to receive additional credits after the certification of their disability. After being certified disabled, such a veteran would be entitled to an additional grant of credits equal to the difference between 10 credits and the number of credits received at the initial appointment or promotion. This would bring the total additional points of Civil Service credits such a veteran can receive to 10 for either an appointment or a promotion.

This Constitutional amendment, which is effective January 1, 2014, provides additional veteran credits to veterans, who:

  1. 1.Used non-disabled veterans credits to obtain a civil service appointment or promotion with New York State or a local government;
    AND

  2. 2.Subsequent to such appointment are determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be a qualified disabled veteran, as defined in the New York State Civil Service Law.

 

Such candidate shall be entitled to 10 additional credits on civil service examinations, minus the number of credits already used for the prior appointment.

 

Eligible lists established after January 1, 2014 will include the additional disabled veteran credits in scores of candidates who meet the above two conditions and provide the necessary documentation to establish eligibility to the Department of Civil Service.

 

HOW SUBSEQUENT CREDITS WILL BE COMPUTED

 

If a veteran previously received five (non-disabled) points on an open-competitive examination and subsequently became certified as disabled, he or she would be entitled to receive another five (disabled) points on a subsequent examination whether an open-competitive or a promotion examination.

 

If a veteran previously received two and one-half (non-disabled) points on a promotion examination and subsequently became certified as disabled, he or she would be entitled to receive another seven and one-half (disabled) points on a subsequent examination whether an open-competitive or a promotion examination.

 

There is no change for a veteran who has already received non-disabled veteran credits and remains non-disabled.

 

A disabled veteran who received disabled veteran credits without previously having received non-disabled veteran credits is not entitled to any additional credits.

 

NOTE:
Disabled veteran credits can only be used for a single, permanent appointment. However, they are not lost if they are not used, and can be claimed on applications submitted for future civil service examinations.

 

If you feel you are eligible for additional veteran credits as a result of the change in the NYS Constitution, you will need to complete two forms.

 

The Authorization for Disability Record Form 102 will need to be filled out by you and sent to the Veterans Administration Office for completion and returned to the Westchester County Department of Human Resources.

 

The Authorization for Verification of Non-Disabled Veterans Credit Use Form 102S will need to be filled out by you and sent to the Civil Service Agency where your qualifying appointment was made at the time you used your non-disabled veteran credits for completion and then returned to the Westchester County Department of Human Resources.


Completed forms must be received by the Westchester County Department of Human Resources before an eligible list is established in order to be granted credits on that eligible list.