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Federal Employment Preference Points

Certain survivors of deceased veterans may be eligible for a 10-point preference in the federal hiring process called the derived preference.

Both un-remarried widows/widowers of veterans and mothers of deceased veterans are eligible for the derived preference.

To receive the 10-point derived veterans’ preference, you must fill out the Office of Personnel Management’s Form SF15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.”

To download a copy of Form SF15, visit https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf.

Additional documentation is required, depending on survivor status.

Un-remarried widows/widowers of veterans must provide:

  • A marriage license or certificate
  • The veteran’s DD Form 214
  • The veteran’s death certificate or documentation of death on active duty (Form DD1300)

Mothers of deceased veterans must provide:

  • Proof that the veteran was your child (a birth certificate)
  • Proof that you were married to the veteran’s father OR proof of remarriage
  • Proof of your husband’s total/permanent disability or death
  • The veteran’s DD Form 214 indicating discharge for a service-connected disability
  • The veteran’s death certificate or documentation of death on active duty (Form DD1300)

For more information, visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/familypref/index.aspx

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