Promoting Opportunities for Veterans
For much of America, affirmative action may be out of favor when it comes to race and gender. But it is enshrined in law for veterans.
Just before Office of Personnel Management staffers took Veterans Day off, they issued this reminder: “Most departments and agencies in the Federal Government are required to have an affirmative action program for the recruitment, employment, and advancement of disabled veterans. The law requires agencies to develop annual Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DAP) Plans.”
The agency reports describe “efforts to promote the maximum employment and job advancement opportunities for disabled veterans as well as certain veterans of the Vietnam era and of the post-Vietnam era,” according to OPM.
Below are some facts and figures regarding the employment of veterans in fiscal year 2007. The entire report can be found here.
- Total employment in the federal government increased from 1,803,055 in FY 2006 to 1,811,459 in FY 2007.
- Veterans, as a percentage of all employees, increased from 25.4 percent in FY 2006 to 25.5 percent in FY 2007.
- Veterans, as a subset of the total employment, increased from 457,965 in FY 2006 to 462,744 in FY 2007.
- Disabled veterans, as a percentage of the total employment, increased from 5.4 percent in FY 2006 to 5.7 percent in FY 2007.
- Disabled veterans, as a subset of the total veteran employment, increased from 97,828 in FY 2006 to 103,180 in FY 2007.
November 11, 2008; 3:39 PM ET
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