Information for Clay County veterans, active duty armed forces members and their families


By law, veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the armed forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non veterans both in hiring from competitive lists of eligibles and in retention during reductions in force.

The goal of the Veteran's Preference is not to place a veteran in every vacant Federal job. However, preference does provide a uniform method by which special consideration is given to qualified veterans seeking Federal employment.

Preference applies in hiring from civil service examiniations, for most excepted service jobs, and when agencies make temporary appointments or use direct hire and delegated examining authorities from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. 

General Requirements for Preference

To be entitled to preference, a veteran must meet the eligibility requirements in section 2108 of Title 5, United States Code. This means that:

  • An honorable or general discharge is necessary.
  • Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans.
  • Guard and Reserve active duty for training purposes does not qualify for preference.
  • When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their appliation or resume. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete form SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference


from Missouri Revised Statutes Section 41-950:

Any person with an indebtedness, liability or obligation for state income tax or property tax on personal or real property who is performing such military service or a spouse of such person filing a combined return or owning property jointly shall be granted an extension to file any papers or to pay any obligation until one hundred eighty days after the completion of such military service or continuous hospitalization as a result of such military service notwithstanding the provisions of section 143.991 to the contrary and shall be allowed to pay such tax without penalty or interest if paid within the one hundred eighty-day period.