Preference for veterans


Q: I am a 10-point, Purple Heart disabled veteran and have worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 35 years. I am assigned to a management position that likely will be affected by a Reduction in Force. As I have experienced in the past, positions are either eliminated or reposted as a new position (or  vacancy) after a reorganization. Do 10-point veterans have any preferential rights upon reorganization?

A: Yes, if the reorganization results in a reduction-in-force to accomplish the needed changes. However, if no reductions in grade or pay are involved, only the shifting of organizational boxes and/or people, it wouldn’t.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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