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Information for Veterans

If you are a veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100% disabled veteran, you may be entitled to "Veterans’ Preference”.

Veterans’ Preference is an assistance program for the military who seek employment with the State of California. Preference can be applied to a veteran’s eligibility for qualifying open and open, non-promotional examinations. To apply for Veterans’ Preference, visit the California Department of Human Resources' (CalHR) website.

CalHR has a form on their web site you will need to download and complete.

Follow their instructions carefully. They will also need a copy of your DD214 from the US Military. You will need to mail both documents to the CalHR (the address is on the form).

CalHR will review your information and determine if you are eligible for Veterans Preference. If eligible, they will send you a letter awarding you Veterans’ Preference. You are then entitled to Veterans Preference on a State civil service examination for which Veterans’ Preference is granted, and you will automatically be added to the top rank of the Eligible List.

For more information regarding benefits for Veterans, please visit California’s Operation Welcome Home website.


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