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Veterans' Preference

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to to give preference to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans in the filling of  non-exempt vacant positions,in accordance with state law requirements. Veterans preference does not apply to certain exempt positions, such as department directors. 

Eligibility

Preference is extended to:

  • veterans with a service-connected disability.
  • the spouse of a veteran who cannot qualify for employment because of a total and permanent service-connected disability.
  • veterans who have served during a period of war.
  • the unremarried widow or widower of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability.
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Claiming Preference

When claiming veterans preference you must:

  • complete the Veterans' Preference section of the job application and
  • submit Veterans' Preference Documentation within three calendar days of the position's closing date -- four, if Monday is a legal holiday.

Preference will not be awarded unless the documentation is complete. Documents that arrive after the deadline will not be accepted.

Do not submit originals as documents cannot be returned. Copies should be marked to show the job posting number and classification for which you are claiming preference.

Documents may be:

  • scanned and e-mailed to vets@miamidade.gov,
  • faxed to 305-679-7545,
  • hand delivered by the applicant or representative or
  • mailed to:

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY INTERNAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
HUMAN RESOURCES
VETERAN PREFERENCE COORDINATOR
111 NW 1 STREET SUITE 2110
MIAMI, FL  33128-1906

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Promotional Provisions for County Employees

Miami-Dade County employees who leave their employment to serve in the armed forces may be eligible for veterans preference for promotion upon their return to the workforce.

To be eligible, the veteran must have had an honorable discharge from the armed forces and be reinstated as a County employee within the timeframe prescribed to their respective military tours.

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Summary of Changes effective July 1, 2007

  • Preference eligibility no longer expires upon appointment of the eligible person to a position with the state or any position or any political subdivision in the state.
  • Persons who were previously ineligible for preference because they held or are currently holding a job with a public employer are now eligible to use their veterans' preference again with all employers covered by law.
  • Persons who were previously ineligible for preference because they did not serve during an eligible wartime period may now be eligible for veterans' preference if they served during Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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Veteran

  • Form DD-214 (member 4) or
  • Military discharge papers or equivalent certification from the VA listing:
    • military status,
    • dates of service,
    • discharge type and
    • campaign and expeditionary medals awarded
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Disabled Veterans

  • Form DD-214 (member 4) or
  • military discharge papers or equivalent certification from the DVA listing:
    • military status,
    • dates of service,
    • discharge type and
    • campaign and expeditionary medals awarded
  • documents from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans' Affairs or the Division of Veterans' Affairs certifying to the existence of a compensable service disability dated within the year

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Spouse of Disabled Veteran

  • Form DD-214 (member 4) or
  • military discharge papers or equivalent certification from the VA listing:
    • military status,
    • dates of service and
    • discharge type.
  • Certification from the DVA that the veteran is totally and permanently disabled,
  • Evidence of marriage to the veteran and a statement that he/she is still married to him/her when applying for employment,
  • Proof that the disabled veteran cannot qualify for employment because of the service-connected disability

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Spouse of Veteran Missing in Action, Captured or Forcibly Detained

  • A document from the DVA certifying that the person on active duty is listed as:
    • missing in action,
    • captured in the line of duty, or
    • forcibly detained/interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power
  • Evidence of marriage to the veteran and a statement that he/she is married to the person in active duty when applying for employment

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Spouse of Deceased Veteran

  • Document from the DOD or DVA certifying the service-connected death of the veteran
  • Evidence of marriage and a statement that the widow or widower has not remarried

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Wartime periods as defined by law include:

  • World War II - From December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
  • Korean Conflict - From June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam Era - From February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
  • Persian Gulf War - From August 2, 1990 to January 2, 1992
  • Operation Enduring Freedom-October 7, 2001 to present
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom-March 19, 2003 to present
  • Such other wartime periods as may be added by state law

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