Amend Title 5 to allow VA to provide 10 point Veterans Preference letters to servicemembers that are separating and will be known to have compensable service-connected disabilities. Currently, servicemembers may only receive a 5 point preference when applying for a Federal job before leaving service. VA allows for servicemembers to file disability claims up to 6 month before leaving service. For those that are also applying for Federal jobs, VA can make a determination that their claimed disabilities will be service-connected and compensable, thus allowing for the 10 point preference. VA already uses this process known as a memo rating to waive the funding fee for VA home loans and to establish eligibility to Vocational Rehabilitation benefits.
Idea No. 36